Did you know that the current smart phone has about 8 megapixels of color. The human eye—if it could be rated according to megapixels—has about 576 megapixels.
Isn’t that amazing? (Isn’t God amazing?)
Every time I go somewhere with a camera, I’m always surprised at how little the camera can capture compared with my naked eyes.
Supposedly, we can see the light of one candle at a distance of ten football fields.
Our eyes also capture memories and send them to our brains, perhaps to remain for the rest of our lives. Words on a page, images in a movie, actions all around us.
For most of us, our eyes are the greatest fact-gathering tool our brains possess.
Think about what you wouldn’t know if not for the work of your eyes!
There are images in my brain that my eyes collected when I was too young to resist looking:
- Scary things on tv or movies
- Horrible war-time photos
- Dead things, diseased bodies
- Indecent things
I wish I’d waited until I had the maturity to deal with the images. To decide what my brain should archive.
Now that I’m old, I am more careful what I allow my eyes to see. Even though I need glasses for distance, and glasses for close-up work, the eyes still capture so many things that trouble my soul.
It’s not that I want to live in a fairy-tale world of cotton candy and perfect endings.
But I think today, more than any other time, because of the media, we see more sorrow, more violence, more warfare. It can take away your joy if you only focus on such things every day.
Let’s feast our eyes on beauty. On cute things, like babies and puppies. Let’s go to art museums more often. Let’s go to the park. Let’s look at God’s Word every day.
Let’s allow our amazing eyes to bring refreshment to our souls.
“Your eyes are windows into your body. If you open your eyes wide in wonder and belief, your body fills up with light. If you live squinty-eyed in greed and distrust, your body is a dank cellar. If you pull the blinds on your windows, what a dark life you will have!” (Matt. 6:22 The Message)