What I Just Learned About The Eyes of a Dove

eyesight of a dove

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I learned an interesting fact today about the eyes of a dove.

Apparently, because of the narrow shape of their head, they are only able to focus on one object at a time.  So a dove always has a singular focus.

Maybe I’ve heard this before, but it never struck me as significant until today.

Throughout all of the Scriptures, a dove symbolizes the Holy Spirit.

The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light; but when thine eye is evil, thy body also is full of darkness.  (Luke 11:34 KJV)

Jesus says that the Holy Spirit will lead us into all truth (John 16:13).  Jesus also refers to Himself as the way, the truth and the life (John 14:6).

The Spirit of Christ who comes to us arrives with only one point of focus: Jesus Christ.

It is Christ that the Spirit in us sees, sings about, and longs for.

Not only is Christ the singular focus of the Spirit, but also He is the singular focus of His Bride, who also has dove’s eyes.

The Bride:

How beautiful you are, my darling,
how beautiful!
Your eyes are like doves.  (Song of Solomon 1:15)

The Groom:

His eyes are like doves
Beside streams of water,
Bathed in milk,
And reposed in their setting.  (Song of Solomon 5:12)

Both the Bride and the Groom have dove’s eyes that deliberately focus on only one thing: each other!

The Bride is captured by the beauty of her Groom.  The Groom is head-over-heels in love with His precious wife.

I pray that the Spirit will open your eyes to see the One who is above and before all things.  I pray that the Spirit will show you that all things point to Him, just as the eyes of the couple on the Emmaus Road were opened:

Suddenly, their eyes were opened, and they recognized Him.  (Luke 24:31)

May the Spirit give us eyes to see Him who is Truth.

Follow the Life!

P.S. – This is my 100th post at Experiencing Christ!!!  This may not cause you to throw a party, but I’m doing a happy dance! 🙂


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3 thoughts on “What I Just Learned About The Eyes of a Dove

  1. Yes sir keeping focused on Jesus Christ is so very important but it must be a seeing not just reading some bible verses about him.

  2. Congrats on your 100th post!

    What a beautiful picture and reminder. I love how God expresses Himself through His creation. Always the Storyteller! I realize a lot of other things have been fighting for my attention lately. I’m praying for this kind of focus today. Thank you, brother!

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