What does gazing on the Father look like for you? It could be looking at His creation, singing songs of praise, praying in the silence, staring off, or any of the other countless possibilities out there! It is so fascinating that we can intentionally connect with our Father in very personal ways that are unique to our relationship with Him! It doesn’t have to look one way for it to be meaningful and presentable before God. Rather, it can look many ways because the Father wants to meet you in little secret places when the busyness of life gets the best of those around you.
When I think of gazing, I think of fixing all of my attention on God and nothing else. There are no longer distractions, but now opportunities to see God in the midst of the physical realities of life. When we seek God, we will find Him. We will find His presence… His eyes, heart, character… His very being and emotions. It’s the wonder of who He is that locks us in and doesn’t allow us to lose focus. Although we naturally melt into the things of God, He still desires us to meet with Him intentionally to build upon the already-laid foundation. Just as two become one in marriage, it is still very healthy and necessary to go on dates and set aside time for intentionality. God is no different with us! He wants every part of us. He knows we are one with Him. He knows that He never spends one moment without us. Still, He desires YOU. Still, He desires to meet with you in the form of whatever the relationship needs. He meets us because His love never ends and is a fountain of motivation! He cares about relationship with you and gazing on Him continues to grow that.
When we gaze on the Father, we truly start to know Him more and in turn, know more about ourselves. We confide and search for Him because our hearts are wired to long for His love deeper and deeper. He will satisfy every thirst and hunger. He will support you and lift you up and remind you of your goodness every time. His love will be consistent and kind. His tone will be encouragement and His tangible state will be comfort and grace. There is no end to who He is and there is no ceasing of the relationship you have with Him! He is the safest place there is and in that place, you are seen and understood… and still you are called worthy and beautiful!
As you begin to be in this gaze moment or perspective, you physically start to look different and others may notice it, but the cool part is that you, yourself, will notice a change! You glow when you have spent time with the One that knows you best! You feel empowered in Spirit, and your physical body shows it. I personally have experienced moments where I catch myself in the mirror and I genuinely feel beautiful! It sounds silly, but as I have spent more intentional time with God, I have started to appreciate the very being of my existence. I have believed who God says I am and with that, comes love towards my own self! He literally delights over us and when you hear so often those affirmations, they become real and true in our minds!
What is also super transformative is the idea that gazing on God doesn’t have to be for only a moment from time to time, but instead, it can be your entire outlook on life! When we are intentional in our thoughts about the nature of who He is and who we are, we can start to live as we were originally designed. That includes us living in oneness with God, growing in understanding, loving endlessly, seeing as God does, etc. We then have the grace and wonder to view life in the lens of Heaven and Earth being the same place. We combine realms because we are physically seated on Earth and spiritually seated in heavenly places. As we transform our perspective on life through meeting with our Father, we understand that we are physically and spiritually seated here on Earth, and at the same time, in Heaven. The gap closes and our eyes now only see one place, which is why when you see just about anything physical in this world, it can remind you of God. This not only pertains to items and things of actual nature, but also people! We can start seeing people as God does because we first discovered who He was and who we are. We must be willing to allow that love to be transformative. Can you imagine if we all treated everyone as though they were worthy, beautiful, and as their true identity? Our world would be very different! That doesn’t mean be of service or close to everyone in relationship, but to truly hope for the best in others to blossom and unfold into the tangible goodness you know is inside!
Gazing on the Father transforms many aspects of our being and our oneness with God. We become fond of His goodness, grace, and love and we allow that nourishment to fuel our lives with Him. You see, it’s not that we ever leave a gaze, but that our hearts believe, receive, and flourish that keeps us in heavenly perspective. It is the sense that your eternal home is present now and you are able to belong in it as you please.
As Jesus left the house, two blind men began following him, shouting out over and over, “Son of David, show us mercy and heal us!” And they followed him right into the house where Jesus was staying. So Jesus asked them, “Do you believe that I have the power to restore sight to your eyes?” They replied, “Yes Lord, we believe!” Then Jesus put his hands over their eyes and said, “You will have what your faith expects!””
Matthew 9:27-29 TPT
“Gaze upon him, join your life with his, and joy will come. Your faces will glisten with glory. You’ll never wear that shame-face again.”
Psalms 34:5 TPT
“Now faith brings our hopes into reality and becomes the foundation needed to acquire the things we long for. It is all the evidence required to prove what is still unseen. This testimony of faith is what previous generations were commended for. Faith empowers us to see that the universe was created and beautifully coordinated by the power of God’s words! He spoke and the invisible realm gave birth to all that is seen.”
Hebrews 11:1-3 TPT
“She gave this name to the Lord who spoke to her: “You are the God who sees me,” for she said, “I have now seen the One who sees me.””
Genesis 16:13 NIV
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