The Apple of His Eye
Vision is an amazing miracle from the hands of God. The eye is second only to the brain in complexity and almost half of the brain, the visual cortex, the entire posterior portion of the brain, is dedicated to our visual perceptions and understandings. Each eye contains over 120 million rods dedicated to our peripheral and night vision and 7 million central cones (red, green, and blue receptors) dedicated to the full spectrum of our color and central detailed vision. Incredibly, our visual system can perceive almost 10 million different color shades and 500 different shades of gray. The eye is ever instantly prepared to receive a light signal, initiating a chemical change in the receptor’s photopigments, creating an electrical signal, which flows down certain of the over 100 million optic nerve fibers, ultimately and almost instantly being analyzed into a visual image by the visual cortex of the brain. The process is continual and ongoing until our eyes are closed.
You, beloved child of God, are created in His image with His loving eyes always upon you, just as David wrote in Psalm 17:8 (NIV), “Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings.” Be strong and take courage for He is ever with you and will always see you through. “I keep my eyes always on the LORD. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken” (Psalm 16:8 NIV).