The Window

Friday, March 26, 2004

Hebrews 12:1-2 – Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. (ESV)

By my desk, I have a window that gives me a view of the hustle and bustle of local life down in the street below. Lately, I have been watching a house being built on the footprint of an old garage behind an existing house. It looks as if there will be no more than ten feet between the houses; such is the pressure for housing!

Sometimes people I know wave at me through the window, and I wave back as a gesture of personal humanity.

It occurred to me, this week as I looked, that the window was dirty and in need of a clean, though the outside is beyond reach. I wiped off the dust and the dribble stains on the inside of the glass, and rejoiced in the clearer view.

I believe that, through the window of our inner being, Christians can meet and sense the unseen God here and there as we look out. Of course, this inner window is all too often in need of a good clean so that, metaphorically, we can see God better. I know He is pleased to associate with us in all our comings and goings, and, in turn, He wants us to look outwards, to see all that He is doing as He works out His purposes locally day by day.

Maybe we could spend a little time with Him today, and give Him a "wave" of prayer. We might be surprised at the difference it makes to both giver and receiver.

Prayer: Lord, we rejoice that You have always been interested in us, for this is why we were created. Thank You for the way of life found in believing in Jesus our redeemer. Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts today by Your holy presence, and accept our offering of praise as we wave back to say "Hi!" Amen.

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