Your eye is the lamp of your body – Luke 11:34, NIV
We met in Rafiki’s training village in Rwanda. There are ten villages and each one provides living and educational facilities through Bible Study, Education, Teacher Training, Orphan Care, and Widows. Rafiki means “friend” in Swahili. The organization befriends orphans and widows in distress.
The first thing I noticed about Benitha were her beautiful and unusual eyes. She was a pretty girl but her eyes were her most outstanding feature. They reminded me of what Jesus said in Luke 11:34-36. “Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eyes are healthy, your whole body also is full of light. But when they are unhealthy, your body also is full of darkness. See to it, then, that the light within you is not darkness. Therefore, if your whole body is full of light, and no part of it dark, it will be just as full of light as when a lamp shines its light on you.”
In the King James version, the good eye is described as “single.” What exactly does that mean? The Greek word used for “single” is “haplous” Jesus is the only One who used it. It means “simple, whole, sound”. When your eye is “haplous” it means that your vision isn’t complicated or confused. It means you have sound and perfect vision. In order for your whole life (body) to be full of light, your vision cannot be clouded by the things of the world, false teaching or thoughts. Your vision is focused, stayed on Christ and as long as you behold Him and remain in Him, your eyes will be healthy and your body full of light.
As followers of Christ, we must have singleness of mind, heart and purpose. There can’t be any darkness, duplicity, selfishness in us. Like a lamp, our light must shine where it can be seen by others so that they are led to Christ.
As a servant of Christ’s, I have to daily make sure that my eye is good and full of light. I love to share the Gospel and God had called me to be a part of a Christian organization which trains Africans to transform Africa for Christ. I’m thankful to Him for this calling because I met beautiful with her unusual eyes. She was fifteen at the time and one of my students. I had to bear those two things in mind when interacting with her. She was shy but she soon warmed up to me and her hunger and thirst to know God and to follow Jesus was phenomenal. After she graduated from our education program, she enrolled in the University of Rwanda.
She lived on the university’s campus but we kept in touch via telephone and email. She was happy and enjoying her courses. I missed her and hoped that she missed me too. We saw each other during the spring break, summer and at Christmas. Other members of the Rakiki and I attended her graduation ceremony. She graduated with honors. We were all very proud of her.
Now, she’s back at the village and is one of the teachers. We are spending a lot of time together and now that she’s a young woman in her twenties, I can court her. We visit museums, parks, sightseeing, day trips, eat at inexpensive restaurants and go hiking. We have so much fun together.
We pray and study the Bible together. I loved being with her. I felt like a lovesick schoolboy whenever we held hands. We haven’t kissed as yet. I’m afraid that I might not be able to help myself. Besides, it would be more meaningful if our first kiss was after we exchanged our wedding vows. You guessed it, I’m going to ask her to marry me. I’m going to pop the question today after our boat ride on Lake Kivu. I have been practicing how to say, “Will you marry me” in Swahili. Just two words, Je! Utanioa. Let’s hope that I don’t get so nervous that I forget or say them incorrectly.
I say a quick prayer, check my breast pocket to make sure the little black box is there and then I head off to meet Benitha whose name means “blessed, full of blessings (divine)”. I’m the one who is blessed. The love and light of Christ shines in and through those simple eyes.