Today’s Morning Prayer canticle from Deuteronomy captures this phrase:
“He encircled him, he cared for him,
he kept him as the apple of his eye. (Dt 32:10)
Elsewhere in the Old Testament the Psalmist prays:
“Keep me as the apple of the eye;
hide me in the shadow of thy wings.” (Ps 17:8)
The bible makes use of that phrase in other books as well. There are a number of colloquial phrases that have made their way into our language, but this one from the Bible, about our being the apple of God’s eye, is a particular favorite of mine since my teenage years. Coming across it again today was like receiving a hug from heaven.
Augustine taught that God loves us –as if we were the only one! That’s the sense that I get from this little phrase. God loves me. And I know that in the magnanimity of his love, God loves you too, the same way.
When I take God at his word, and trust that it has something in it for me — to help me or encourage me — it makes all the difference in my day. (That’s why I love to spend a little time with the Bible each morning, even if I’m praying the shortened version of Morning Prayer found in my Magnificat.)
How about you? Do you have a favorite bible verse that has become meaningful lately, or one from long ago that you’ve revisited lately?