Sitting in the doctor’s office the other day, I came across a National Geographic Magazine piece titled, “The Story of a Face.”
Joanna Connors writes: “We are born seeking faces. Newborns turn toward them during their first moments out of the womb. Babies observe, respond to, and mimic our expressions as though it’s their job. And in a way, it is. This close study of faces is the way we all begin to understand the curious business of being human.”
This: “We are born seeking faces.”
Within the human soul, there is only one Face we truly seek. It’s the Face lost long ago in the Garden of Eden. What made the Garden paradise was not the landscape, but the presence, the Face of God.
Paradise was lost due to the pursuit of happiness and pleasure outside of God. Paradise became thorns. Happiness turned to guilt and shame. Pleasure, pain. Freedom, bondage. Then a sword held by the angel of God to keep us from seeing this Face ever again.
We didn’t lose paradise.
We lost. God’s. Face.
The human cry has been to look upon this Face again.
G.K. Chesterton wrote: “Every man who knocks on the door of a brothel is looking for God.”
Every man and woman who knocks on the door of pornography, one-night stands, affairs, promiscuous sex, addiction, seeking pleasure for pleasure itself, or seeking any pleasure(s) outside of God is looking for God. Looking for the pleasure, the love, the worth, the meaning, the One Face to pierce the heart with lasting freedom and joy again.
We can walk into a room of faces with nothing to prove and nothing to lose when we look upon this Face.
We can be free from comparing and staring at other faces on social media to find our worth and value when we seek this Face.
The greatest joy and peace we can know is to have this Face shining upon ours (Numbers 6:25-26).
This is the only Face that matters. It’s the One Face to seek. And it’s this Face that also seeks us. “You [God] have said, “Seek My Face.” My heart says to you, “Your face, LORD, do I seek” (Psalm 27:8).
On the cross, Jesus lost the Face of God to bring God’s Face back to us. The thorns from Eden Jesus took upon his brow. The sword that forever blocked our way back to God’s Face Jesus took upon His soul.
So we could get God’s Face back.
Whose face will you seek?
Your reason for living is found in your answer.