Window of Dreams

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This is the kitchen window at my parents’ house in Colorado. It is the window that I looked through in my youth while I washed dishes, cooked meals, washed my hair, scrubbed the floors, baked cookies…

It became the window of my dreams. I stood here gazing out… wondering what shape my life would take… what I would grow to do or be… what journey I would choose, and how the unexpected would change my course…

Just this week I stood at that same window remembering all my questions about life. And now I know a few of the answers. In most ways, my life has exceeded my dreams; and in other ways, I have so much more to accomplish–and I am still waiting on a few prayers to be answered…

I spend a lot of time in introspection in January about the coming year. The weather and season makes it natural. It is so fun to start with a clean slate and dream about the possibilities. Most every thought is about accomplishment and achievement.

But this year, I am peering through my own windows at home and not desiring to achieve anything particular. I am finding a prayer bubble up from the deep. I am asking God to make me a blessing to my family, community, church, the nations…

I am starting the year off with a single desire to be a blessing… And that seems like a pretty tall order. How can God use me?

But I know He will because I am willing.

How He can turn my feeble efforts and prayers into something eternal is part of the mystery of salvation, reconciliation, and redemption. And it is exactly what keeps me peering out the kitchen window, dreaming about tomorrow…


4 thoughts on “Window of Dreams

  1. beautiful! last year I moved from the house I grew up in. I was able to look out the window for 35 years or so. I’ll never get to go back, I’m sure, so life goes on….

  2. That is so cool!! I am wondering if it was on a dead end since the window looks like it is on the street!! I have many memories of looking out my kitchen window growing up as I did the dishes, too. It amazes me how much time I still spend in front of my kitchen window now!!!

    It is surprising when I think of the old kitchen window—there are floods of memories–what a neat way to start a book!!

  3. I, too, find January the month for introspection, reflection, dreaming, praying. I love the prayer bubble image … a blessing you will be … it’s a prayer He wants to answer!

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