Being seen by those who can help often implies understanding, connection, and hope. The coral eyes with black obsidian or red scoria pupils of the Mo’ai were believed to give these statues the power to watch over the people of Easter Island.


My prayer response:

God, if only I could see You seeing me! My mind tells me that You perceive everything, yet I long for reassurance that Your loving gaze watches over me. I echo the words of the man spoken to Jesus, “I believe, help my unbelief!” (Mark 9:25)


Biblical touchstones:

  • Truly the eye of the LORD is on those who fear him, on those who hope in his steadfast love, to deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine. Our soul waits for the LORD; he is our help and shield. Our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name. Let your steadfast love, O LORD, be upon us, even as we hope in you. Psalm 33:18
  • For human ways are under the eyes of God, and God examines all their paths. Proverbs 5:21
  • For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer. But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil. 1 Peter 3:12
  • And when his friends could not bring the paralytic to Jesus because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him; and after having dug through it, they let down the mat on which the paralytic lay. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” Mark 4:4-5


Invitation to prayer:
What prayers are emerging from your heart, mind, and body?
Pray them now.


Photos: Mo’ai at Ahu Tahai with replica eyes on Easter Island

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