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February 1, 2013

The look serves as an anchor

NORMAN — I could never escape “the look.” Wordless, timeless; a defining moment filled with meaning, conviction, purpose, hope and love. The look has all this and more. I can get away with a lot of things, but the look transfixes me, anchors me and grounds me.

The look forces me to see the truth of things like no other.

We all come across a similar look in the faces of those we love, those we respect or people in position of authority like teachers or policemen. I remember as a teenager in church one Sunday the guest speaker was anything but interesting or lively. I decided to take matters into my own hand. So, I began to write notes or use my index finger and middle finger pretending to be a person running a mad race over books, knees and anything else. We began giggling and soon my dad was standing next to the pew giving me the look. Red faced, I wanted to disappear.

Wives are famous in their art of simulating the look. Husbands are caught flat-footed many times and are frozen in mid-sentence with that magical look from their lovely wives. Parents have this art as well. Just argue with your parents kids and the look will quickly surface with amazing results.

However, all such looks pale by comparison to the look that stirs the heart of our soul. Who has the look that causes such drama? Jesus Christ.

Consider Peter whom Jesus specifically picked out to be an apostle. Peter was excitable, strong willed, emotional, brazen, bold and courageous. But Jesus knew that Satan wanted to sift Peter like wheat. The Devil had inside knowledge (as he does with all of us) that the outwardly strong Peter had a weakness of the heart. Jesus prayed for the battle ahead, “But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to me, strengthen your brethren.” Luke 22:32.

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