In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s famous short story, The Great Stone Face, a young boy stares at the face carved in granite and regularly asks tourists in town if they know the identity of the face on the mountain. No one does. Into manhood, midlife, and old age, he continues to gaze on the face at every opportunity until one day a tourist passing through exclaims to the once-young boy, who is now a weather-beaten old man, “You are the face on the mountain!” Contemplative awareness of the risen Jesus shapes our resemblance to Him and turns us into the person God intended us to be. ~Brennan Manning
Some say people look a lot like their dogs. You’ve seen people with sad eyes with a sad eyed basset or a bloodhound. Or a lean runner with a greyhound for a companion. I think there may be a draw to type, but I haven’t seen anyone look like golden retriever, just from gazing at one year after year.
I do, however, believe our appearance is altered by the things we spend the most time looking at; a reflection of where our eyes and where our hearts linger.
You don’t have to look too long at someone’s face to have some idea what their focus is. Anger, serenity, hatred, joy, anxiety, love, pain, vanity, disappointment, arrogance all become indelibly etched in the fine lines and furrows of our features.
Have you ever met someone who, year after year, has gazed at the face of their Father? Wow, does that ever show! He shapes their resemblance to Him and turns them into the persons God intended them to be.
A face doesn’t get more beautiful than that!