Reprinted from Sept. 15, 2017
For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. (Isaiah 55:9)
Windows are like walls. They muffle sounds and keep out the cold and wet. They restrict passage from one place to another. But windows are different from walls.
We can look through windows. We can sit for long times looking out. We can watch as storms come in and we can be terrified while feeling safe behind the barrier. We can wake and look out at the beauty of a sunrise and feel exhilarated at the prospect of another opportunity to live life to the fullest. We can sit with another and look out imagining futures filled with hope and love.
We also look through the window and see a world closing in. We see rain clouds gathering and know the hurricane is coming. We cannot imagine safety or security or any future at all. We can only realize impending doom on the other side of the window.
In this life, we are both those who can imagine a brighter day and those who can imagine only darkness. Our lives are an ebb and flow, and what we see on the other side of the window depends upon how we view our current situation.
As God peers out at the other side of the window, as God looks down from Heaven, God sees a world without devastation, a world without danger, a world different from any we can imagine. We cannot see what God sees, and we cannot know what God knows, but we can trust in him. He is faithful and trustworthy.
Perhaps, as we look out at the other side of our window, whether we feel joy or sadness at that moment, we can see the face of God and trust in his ways!
Jack Dickson is pastor of Shepherd’s Grace Church in Arkansas City.