The phrase “returning the divine gaze” has stuck with me. It seems as though it need not be said, but since we can only return that which is first given I am reminded of the reality of God’s presence, love and care for me – I am reminded that I am seen, noticed by God. And I am reminded of my need to notice the Divine. I realize that when I gaze at someone or something there is a quality to that type of seeing that I don’t always employ - when I gaze I look with intention, perhaps with admiration, with delight or even surprise – I take time, I see beyond the immediate. Is that perhaps how God gazes at me? To view my prayer as something as pure as returning this divine gaze seems so full of possibilities. Sitting in the presence of the Divine, knowing that I am seen just as I am, that the Divine does not turn away and that my return gaze is welcomed and even desired fills me with a profound sense of gratitude and awe.
Oh that we would all take the time today and each day to return the divine gaze of God and in doing so eventually become its reflection!
And all of us, with unveiled faces, seeing the glory of the Lord as though reflected in a mirror, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another; for this comes from the Lord, the Spirit. (2 Corinthians 3:18)