Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Covered Peep Holes

My laptop sits right beside my dining room windows, making it so I can do all that I need to do in a day: keep track of, and be available to kids, home school, and my computer work. I love my windows, they're my peep holes to the world, but earlier this summer a small stone was thrown from the mower. It was just a tiny stone, but it's had a lasting impression on my poor window. Cardboard now covers a third of the bottom pane of glass, effectively cutting off my view as I sit and work. If I lean a foot to the right I can see the hummingbird feeder through another side of the window, but the cardboard prevents me from watching out of the corner of my eye.

This time of the year it's a feeding frenzy as the hummers stop and refuel on their migration South. They are incredible to watch and I'm missing out on many of their antics because of that cardboard.

There are things in my life that are doing the same thing as the cardboard on my window--they're blocking my view of all that God has for me to see. It's hard to do things that you don't even know need doing, so not only am I not seeing things, I'm also not doing the things God wants me to do.

What is hindering, or even preventing us from obeying God? We need to remove the obstruction and press on.
...let us also lay aside every encumbrance, and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross...
~Hebrews 12:1-2

There may be things in our lives, possibly even good things, that are blocking the blessings of God's best. We may be serving in the nursery, which is a very good and needed service, but maybe God has a Sunday School that we should be teaching instead. Maybe He's given us talents and gifts that we could be using for Him and we don't see them because we're busy doing other things. We need to search out the specific things He wants us to do, and then clear the path to doing them.

The cardboard patch on my window is only a temporary patch, but it's been there for weeks now. What temporary things in my life have I allowed to linger and that are now causing problems for me? Sometimes a temporary, short term commitment we made stretches out and takes up residence in our life. We need to stop and examine things and search out whether those have outlived their purpose or if they're things that God wants us doing.

We need to remove the things blocking and hindering us and pursue those things God has laid out for us. Sometimes that means making repairs, other times it's getting rid of, and still other times it's getting up and moving. Whatever it is, it will be more than worthwhile as we fully see what God wants us to see.

Our blessings and joy will multiply as we fix our eyes on Christ and do what He has for us to do.




4 comments:

  1. You wrote this just for me (you probably didn't know it, but you did LOL). Did I EVER need this. I absolutely need to seek God about all that's going on and see what "hindrance" needs to be removed. Excellent (and I LOVE the pictures!)

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  2. Lots of cardboard in my life right now, even the pretty decorative kind...so much to think on here. You wrote something that has been on my mind and heart lately. Beautiful.

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  3. Wow...I'm seeing a common "theme" here on our blogs today, Ladies! Is God trying to tell us somethin' or what?! Again, Peej, your blog is a continuation of the ones I've already read and even my own that I just posted a few minutes ago! I think I should wake up and "listen" to that still small Voice.

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  4. we have a temporary screen door patch...hmmm Totally anointed post, so needed!

    BTW, my e mail will not let me e mail you (boo hoo) but to my basic knowledge, I am all set for Fiction Friday over at the Scribe. Thanks for trusting me to host, praying it blesses Him and you!

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