Monday, May 11, 2009

Window of the World

Good Morning, Dear Friends and Prayer Partners! This is the day that the Lord has made and we will rejoice and be glad in it! When I stepped outside this morning, the brilliant moon was beaming in the cloudless sky and one bright star was in the southeast. Beautiful! God is Good!

We had a wonderfully, quiet day yesterday after a meaningful worship service aimed toward mothers. Brian brought in dinner from Applebee's and ran an errand for me. Then John, a young friend, brought flowers from his Mom to me. Such thoughtfulness!

We drove through the Park after church and I saw a peacock with tail feathers spread, and just inside the park, a great, blue heron, standing very still and tall waiting for a fish to come along. Alongside him, was a white egret, also waiting. All kinds of activity in the park, early, with families staking out tables for picnics for Mom. It was a very good day!

From Quiet Moments with God:

O Lord, I pray. Open his eyes that he may see.
2 Kings 6:17 NASB

A story from England called, "The Wonderful Window" tells about a London clerk who worked in drab and depressing circumstances. His office building was in a rundown part of the city and had not been maintained.

But that ordinary clerk was not about to let his outlook on life be determined by the dreariness of his surroundings. So one day he bought a beautiful, multicolored Oriental window painted with an inspiring scene.

The clerk took his window to his workplace and had it installed high up on the wall in his office. When the hardworking, dispirited clerk looked through his window he did not see the familiar slum scenes, with dark streets and dirty marketplaces. Instead he saw a fair city with beautiful castles and towers, green parks and lovely homes on wide tree-lined streets. On the highest tower of the window there was a large white banner with a strong knight protecting the fair city from a fierce and dangerous dragon.This wonderful window put a "halo" on the everyday tasks of the young man.

Somehow as he worked long hours at tedious book work and accounting, trying to make everything balance, he felt he was working for that knight on the banner. this feeling produced a sense of honor and dignity. He had found a noble purpose helping the knight keep the city happy, beautiful, properous, and strong.

You don't have to let your circumstances or surroundings discourage you, either. God has sent you to your place of work-whether it is at home, in an office, at a school, or in a factory-to do noble work for Him. You are His worker, bringing His beauty to everyone around you.

It is our best work that God wants, not the dregs of our exhaustion. I think He must prefer quality to quantity.
Gordon MacDonald

I always give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers with thanksgiving, joy and love!

Love and hugs,