I Only Have Eyes for You

  • Dec. 17, 2015
  • #8774

Instead of being diverted by earthly things, fix your eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.

Hi, I’m Joni and if you’re over 60, you’ll recognize this…

I mean, picture a big high school gymnasium with one of those disco balls scattering little sparkling lights on all the girls in big chiffon dresses with satin heels, and guys in white tuxedo jackets with carnations and Brylcreem in their hair, all slicked back. And you knew, you just knew something good was about to happen when your boyfriend folded his thick eyeglasses and put them in his top pocket. Then he put his warm cheek next to yours and he leaned down and whispered in your ear those wonderful words: “I only have eyes for you, for you dear.” And you got so embarrassed because as you were dancing you stepped on his toes; but hey, you were together and he only had eyes for you!

I thought about this song this week for two reasons. First, my high school back in Maryland just celebrated our class reunion. Sadly, I could not go, but if I had, if Ken could’ve gone with me, and if they had had a karaoke machine, I would have sung this song to my husband in front of all of my old classmates. Actually, I did that very thing when Ken Tada took me to his high school reunion a few years back. I asked the karaoke guy to play the background track (you know, this version, The Flamingos version from 1957), and I sang it to Ken in front of all his classmates and he loved it!

But secondly, I thought of this song this week for another reason. It was Ken’s birthday over the weekend. And even though he is now 69 years old (I can’t believe where the years have gone), he is still, in my eyes, as strong and handsome as ever. And so, once again, this past weekend I sang to him, “I only have eyes for you.”

And one more thing about this song: The words cannot help but point to Hebrews chapter 12, verses two and three where it says, “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” Oh, friend, there are many things in this world to divert our eyes. Some are not so bad things like a high school prom; other things can easily become an idol, like that boyfriend whose toes I stepped on back in high school.

For just such occasions, Psalm 119, verse 37 says, “Turn my eyes away from worthless things; preserve my life according to your word.” And God's Word tells us to fix our eyes on Jesus. Life has lots of lessons to teach us; life can be full of diversions, good and bad, but through it all, we can say to Jesus, I only have eyes for you. I only have a heart for you. I only have desire for you. I only have time for you. Oh, friend, look, we always have time for that which is important to us. We always have a heart for that which we love.

So this Christmas, turn your eyes away from worthless things and fix them on your Savior. And sing with me, “I only have eyes for you” Lord Jesus.

© Joni and Friends

 

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