Everywhere we go, we are reminded of the world’s struggle to cope with covid-19. Almost everyone we encounter in our daily tasks is wearing a mask and practicing social distancing. Smiles or frowns on faces are virtually undetectable. And so, we have to focus more on the eyes as we try to figure out how someone is feeling or responding to us.
Eye contact is a hallmark of effective communication. Wearing masks over our mouths and noses leaves us to focus on the eyes. We no longer have the opportunity to scan a face or to focus on someone’s mouth as we talk to them. In a way, we are now forces to make good eye contact.
The Bible has a different perspective on the eyes and what they represent. Matthew 6:22-24 says “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness! “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”
What is the focus of your life? Covid-19 has changed the focus of many people. For some, the change of focus has been positive and for others, it has been negative. And for a few, the focus has likely remained the same. No one knows the length of time remaining during which we will have to wear masks and focus on the eyes. On the other hand, we do know that as Christians when we look at others, they should see that our focus is not on material things but on sharing Jesus’ love and salvation with them.