How many times does Molly lie on my lap and gaze intently at me, her little brown eyes fastened on my face with pure adoration shining from them!
Molly is now almost two years old, reckoned to be an adult in dog years. She still does naughty things sometimes.
I have been training her to come to me when I whistle for her. She has a habit of barking at the front gate when I take her out at night to carry out her inspection of the boundary walls for any stray geckoes that might still be around. She only responds to my whistle when she knows there’s a treat waiting for her when she presents herself to me inside the house.
She has learned that if she barks incessantly to annoy me, she’ll get a treat if she responds to my whistle! Now she has to un-learn that her naughtiness produces pleasant results.
However, no matter how naughty she is and how annoyed I get with her, I cannot resist that look of adoration in her eyes when she gazes at me.
In Psalm 27:4, 8, David expresses his desire to seek the face of God and to gaze at His beauty in His tabernacle.
One thing I ask of the LORD, this is what I seek, that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life , to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to seek Him in His temple.
My heart says of you, “Seek His face!” Your face, LORD, I will seek.
Unlike me, whose face bears the marks of age and decay, the face of God (His nature in all its beauty) will never suffer the ravages of aging. Unlike Molly who will never look like me, when I gaze at (contemplate) the glory of the Lord, I am told in 2 Cor.4:18, I am being transformed into His likeness from one degree of glory to another by the Spirit of the Lord.