Song of Solomon 1:15 NKJV: Behold, you are fair, my love! Behold, you are fair! You have dove’s eyes.
Song of Solomon 4:1 NIV: How beautiful you are, my darling! Oh, how beautiful! Your eyes behind your veil are doves. Your hair is like a flock of goats descending from the hills of Gilead.
Have you ever wondered what is so special about Dove’s eyes?
As far as my interaction with youth goes, I find that none of them have used such a description for their spouse or would-be spouses.
Even in the Song of Songs, the Bridegrom had to say this twice, before the Bride responds in characteristically similar manner. The friends of the Bride wants to know what’s so special about her Groom (the typical Mumbaikar syndrome “Toh kya? Woh ud be sakhta hai kya?”). She responds in Song of Solomon 5:12 NIV: His eyes are like doves by the water streams, washed in milk, mounted like jewels.
What? Doves eyes again?
Did you know that doves have their eyes fixed and cannot rotate (or ogle)? They need to turn their heads to see in another direction. (Yes, go ahead… google it).
Undivided attention and undistracted devotion is what it symbolises- Doves eyes. And that’s what the Shulamite bride realised… That the groom has eyes only for her. Undistracted devotion.
And that is what happened as Jesus went to Martha’s house that day. Here was Mary looking on and listening to Jesus. Undivided attention and undistracted devotion. But Martha was distracted with much serving (Luke 10:40).
Think of the two sisters in one house-both loved by Jesus and in turn loving Him, in their own unique ways. I can imagine Martha looking forward to some help from her sister in the kitchen, and trying to catch the attention of Mary. Maybe she waved her hand from a corner discreetly; maybe she made some light hissing noises! I don’t know. All I know is Martha failed to get her sister’s attention; because Mary eyes was transfixed on Jesus. (and no, it was not pretension just to escape daily chores!). She indeed had dove’s eyes.
And Martha goes straight to Jesus complaining. I like that, her love-confidence. And Jesus defends Mary. I like that too, yes, the better part chosen by her.
There is no doubt that the Bridegroom Jesus has doves eyes for His bride – the Church. It is time for the Church to have doves eyes for Jesus.
And that is what the author of Hebrews probably means when he says, let us FIX our EYES on JESUS (HEB. 12:2, NIV). And that is what Paul probably means when he says in 2 Corinthians 3:18 KJV:
But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.
Amen and Amen.