“You Look Like A Mouse” And, “You Have Have Bird Eyes Baby!”
Updated: Dec 24, 2019
A Devotional Thought from Song of Solomon 4:1
Behold, thou art fair, my love; behold, thou art fair;
Thou hast doves’ eyes within thy locks:
Thy hair is as a flock of goats, that appear from mount Gilead. Song of Solomon 4:1
So I have another confession, I sometimes get myself in trouble giving sincere compliments.
One would think a guy that loves words like myself would be better at putting them to use, but that is not the case. I suppose my problem comes from a vivid imagination with detailed pictures in my mind that I forget others can’t see. Let me give you an example.
I had a boyhood infatuation for who I thought was the prettiest girl in the school. She was much shorter than me and had the cutest little nose, but what made her most special to me wasn’t her beauty but the sassy spirit within her. Here is where things went wrong.
Whenever I saw her, I was reminded of an adorable character that I had seen in a cartoon, a cute girl mouse. That little mouse was small, had a cute nose and had a good, strong, sweet spirit. Somehow, for just a little while, I got my crush to agree to be my girlfriend. I was so thrilled that I quickly ran out and bought her what I thought was a fitting gift, a cute plush mouse and presented it with the words, “this reminded me of you!”
The presentation didn’t go like I had planned.
I now know that pretty ladies don’t appreciate being compared to rodents. I guess you live and learn. If only she could have understood what I meant by those words, how adorable I found the cartoon character and how her attitude drove my comparison more than her appearance, perhaps then she would have appreciated my attempt.
I read the compliments of Solomon in his song with western eyes and think this guy is a lot like me.
I am afraid that most ladies I know wouldn’t swoon at his lines. “You have goat’s hair” isn’t getting you any points with the females, that’s why they don’t use the phrase in any shampoo or conditioner ads. “Thou hast dove’s eyes”, is another compliment that could possibly miss the mark. Every dove that I have seen has eyes that lack the diverse beauty and expression found in a beautiful women’s eyes.
What if we read the compliment from the lover of this song from his perspective?
I believe if we look at what he meant, then we won’t miss the blessing. What if his compliment concerning her eyes was not just the cliché’ “pretty eyes” line most men give?
When I first read of the dove in Noah’s ark her eyes were emphasized but not for their appearance. After the rains had ceased, Noah sent two birds to gauge the condition of their surroundings, a raven and a dove. The raven never returned because he was looking for any dead thing on which to feed but the dove was looking for something better, life. The diet of the dove pushed her to find seeds and insects and to look past the death and decomposition floating on the waters around her.
Could the compliment of Solomon be that his love, like the dove, looks for life?
Is it possible that his lady always tries to find the good in people and her predicaments? I have come to understand that a loving positive attitude is far more attractive than colorful eyes or an expressive smile. I would encourage us all to have dove’s eyes and to labor for a beauty that exudes from within, to look for the good and turn away from the bad.
I am thankful today that because of what my Saviour has done in me and for me, God sees me through dove’s eyes. He doesn’t see my sins and all my past failures, he sees what he will make me, not what I am.