OK, I don’t mean to jump on my brother John’s bandwagon, but once again his weekly devotional so greatly blessed my heart. Below is the devotional titled “Missing Window” by Pastor John Mallonee of Blessed Hope Bible Church. I hope that you are as blessed from reading it as I was (and as amused by the visual!).
Week 48, 2012
Read: Hebrews 13:5-6
A few days ago, we were riding in the car to our church and before we got too far from home, the passenger side window fell down inside the door. We were unable to raise it back up, so we decided to just put a blanket in place of the window and bundle up. As we were driving, we laughed to each other about how ridiculous we looked driving down the highway with a blanket flapping in the breeze. As we drove, Rebekah chuckled and said to me, “You better get a devotional out of this!” Well, here it is!
Later as I thought back on the events of the day, I remembered how we came out of our comfort zone and endured the really cold wind at 65 miles per hour. It wasn’t the most pleasant ride, and surely not the warmest, but we got where we wanted to go and didn’t let a little thing like a defective window keep us from arriving. It’s times like this that you cannot help but ask, “Lord, what are You showing me from this?”
The main thought that I took from the whole situation was that we are often taken out of our comfort zone and really don’t have a choice in the matter. There are places that we need to go in life and it doesn’t always include a toasty-warm ride or a smooth walk. Life is often full of bumps in the road, hills popping up out of nowhere, and valleys that show up like abrupt cliffs. The Lord never promised us a lifetime of 70-degree days and a perfectly level landscape. He never promised us a life without pain and illness. He never said that if we were spiritual, we would encounter fewer trials and more blessings. That would be heaven, and yes, we will arrive there when He chooses to take us home. But for now, we must realize how dependent we are on Him for…(get this)…every single breath!
If you are looking for a life with no problems and no sudden surprises that will take you out of your comfort zone, you are not going to find it in this world—even as a believer. But when you are a genuine believer who is walking with the Lord, you will feel His peace in the midst of every war; you will feel His hand holding on when you are about to fall over a cliff; and you will hear His voice when you feel like everyone in your world has forsaken you. That’s the beauty of having the Lord as your Savior. If there were no problems in your life, then I guess you wouldn’t need to fall into the arms of the One who told you to cast your cares upon Him, for He cares for you!
Now, don’t get me wrong. God does bring plenty of blessing, plenty of sunshine, and plenty of happy days. But He often takes us out of our comfort zone just to see if we trust Him as much in the trials as we say we do in the good times. He will never leave your side—especially when life gets uncomfortable! A missing window is a good reminder of our ever-present God.
© 2012 Mallonees