Recently, I received an invitation to work and teach on another island. This invitation simply meant two things—crossing seas and traveling long hours by land, as well as moving from secondary school to the college level. Realizing this to be a new challenge, I eagerly grasped the opportunity and accepted the challenge. However, I still had to wait for the formal call in order to leave my current post. Three weeks later, I received the official notice, along with an order to pack my belongings. A college truck came to pick me up after a day. The driver and some friends loaded my things into the truck, and we left the campus soon afterwards. The trip was long and tiring. After roughly 6 hours of travel, we arrived at my new assignment late in the evening.
Upon reaching my new environment, excitement surged in my heart. I was thrilled with the green surroundings. The cool climate delighted me. Clean and pure water flowed freely. I checked everything in my new house. Everything seemed okay. However, as I started to sleep, I realized there was one big problem—the windows. If I opened the windows, swarms of flies and mosquitoes would come in—hundreds of them. The mosquitoes would feast on me.
As a result, I had no option except to keep my windows closed all the time. This happened every day and every night. It became a real problem for me, because, ever since I was a child, I have always slept with my windows open. I couldn’t breathe sleeping with closed windows. As a result, each day and night was a struggle on my part. Each night as I went to bed, I feared that I would suffocate as I slept, and not wake up in the morning. For many nights, I couldn’t sleep. As I thought about this problem, I began asking myself some questions: “What are windows for, if you can’t open them?” “What are windows made for?” I searched, found some answers, and began to write them down.
Windows serve a number of important purposes.
- Windows are made for viewing: Homeowners can know what is happening in their surroundings just by looking through their windows. Visitors can also see who is inside a house if the windows are open. The windows may help them decide whether to knock, or whether to come back at some other time if the owners are not home. Furthermore, through the windows, visitors will see what the owners are doing inside even at a distance. Windows also serve as passages for blessings. Viewing from your windows, you receive God’s blessings as you fill your heart with joy when you behold God’s wondrous work in nature.
- Windows serve as protection: When homeowners are inside, they can see through their windows if someone is approaching. If the approaching individual intends to do them harm, especially during the night, owners can see through their windows and prepare themselves for some untoward events.
- Windows give life to the owners: Windows are made to enable homeowners to breathe fresh air. Thus, the owners enjoy life and don’t suffocate while they are inside their house. Without these open windows, homeowners may die of suffocation. Furthermore, especially in poor and middle class areas, windows may serve as exits where homeowners may escape with their lives in emergencies such as fires, etc. Thus, these windows give life to the owners of the house.
Normally, a house has more windows than doors. Thus it is no wonder why God, in His infinite wisdom, says, “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there maybe meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith […] if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive them” (Malachi 3:10, KJV). He didn’t say He would open the doors (which are bigger than windows) of heaven; this is because there are more windows in a house than doors, therefore He wants to give us more blessings, and doesn’t want to limit them. God desires abundant blessings for His people. What a generous God we serve!
In 2 Corinthians 11:32-33, we find Apostle Paul’s life endangered. The governor of Damascus under Aetas (the king who kept the city of Damascenes with a garrison) had the intention to kill Paul. But Apostle Paul was able to escape from the king’s hand in a basket let down through a window. Here, we see discovered that a window saved Paul’s life.
Every Christian is called to be a window for Jesus. As His window, we need to be open if we are to let the blessings of God pass through us to others. Firstly, we need to open our minds to think of others with the motive of helping. Secondly, we need to open our eyes to see the needs of other people and opportunities to assist them. Thirdly, we need to open our hearts for understanding and compassion—understanding for those who are struggling to be right, and compassion for the erring ones.
As Christ’s window, we must reflect Him in our actions and in our individual lives, thus leading others to follow God. As His window, we must work to protect others and their welfare, and not simply work for our own interests. Finally, as His window, we must lead others to see Him, so that through us they may receive that promised eternal life, and not perish. Our influence is the greatest sermon we can ever preach to our neighbors, friends, and even to those who hate us. The way we speak, act, dress, and conduct ourselves is a powerful witness. Windows are for viewing. Thus, others must see and not just hear our sermons. Let’s pray that we may truly be a window for Jesus.