Recently during a lunch date with some of my friends we were sharing areas regarding household duties that we liked to do. I like to wash windows to which one of my friends responded that she thought that I should secure counseling. She however shared that she wiped the top of her refrigerator off weekly. Seriously……And she was judging me!!!!!!
There is just something about clean windows. Looking out it somehow makes the whole house seem cleaner. It makes the outside appear clearer. The back wall of our living room is a 9-foot window. From that window I can see the woods behind our house, deer grazing in our backyard, our grandkids and kids swimming in the pool in our backyard, dogwood in full bloom, hummingbirds feeding, and the list goes on and on. Our two-year-old grandson has found it fun to lick the window as he stands looking out. So as soon as I see the car pulling out of the driveway I am stationed with Windex and paper towel in hand to clean off the lick marks only to know that after the next visit I will repeat the process.
I began to think the other day about the windows of my heart. I realized that maybe that window needed to be cleaned up. Our walk and relationship with Christ are really a condition of the heart. Were there fingerprints and rain spots on the windows of my heart? Oh, that a bottle of Windex and a paper towel could clean it up. Unfortunately, it is not that easy. My heart window had become cynical, negative and self-serving. You know the things that you say to yourself…... “They could be helping more with that. They could do better if they wanted to. I give and give and give and nobody else makes the sacrifices that I make.”
Recently a wonderful Christian lady, that I love and respect very much, felt that God was directing her to share about years of abuse that she experienced as a pre-teen and teenager. She sat on the platform, with her husband and my pastor, and shared her experience and then invited any woman that had a similar story to come to the church the following evening. The attendance was overwhelming. We can never know what others face or have faced. As we think about Women’s Ministries let’s make a unified effort to reach out to those women in our churches as well as on our mission fields with that support and love that only God can provide. So many needs and you don’t have to look very far to find them. What are the windows of your heart telling you? Does your window need to be cleaned up? Have those windows become clouded so that you can’t see the outside?
Let’s all get out that bottle of Windex (the word of God) and as the old hymn says, “Have a little talk with Jesus”. You will be amazed how much clearer everything will look.