Flying into Windows



I have an amazing gift for walking into slider screens. Yup, all 5' 10" of grace over here!

The first time was at my friend Liz's house many, many years ago.  I was carrying plates with a bunch of silverware on top to bring out onto their deck.  Imagine my surprise when I found myself bouncing backwards with force and hearing the sound of silverware crashing all around!  We all had a good laugh, but my ego was somewhat bruised.  lol.

I had a repeat performance at my brother's house years later.  This time I didn't have anything in my hands and was walking from the outside into their family room.   I hit the screen with such force, that my neck snapped back and I'm pretty sure I gave myself whiplash!  No exaggeration.  I was somewhat stunned after I did it.  My brother joked that he could still see the imprint of my face on the screen.  lol

Recently, my husband and I had all of our windows replaced.  They are wonderfully clean and clear!  I'm not sure how long that will last since I did not inherit my mom's regimented schedule for meticulously clean windows.  But for now I walk around the house enjoying the fact that it doesn't even look like there is a window in place - they are that clean!

Apparently, a resident bird thought the same thing as I heard a loud crash/thud one morning.  It wasn't until several days later when I was in my bedroom that I noticed the perfect imprint of a bird on my front window.  You could see every detail of the bird from its intricate feathers, to its outspread wings, its feet and it's beak!  I tried to take a picture of the silhouette of the bird on my window, but the camera wouldn't translate it and instead focused on what was outside the window...

Come to think of it, isn't that what I was doing walking into the screens and what the bird did flying into the window...

We were so focused on what was past the screen/window, that we missed what was right in front of us, to our injury...

Too often we do that in life.  As Believers, our focus should be on Christ alone, but instead, we focus on what we want or perceive as desirable, and end up crashing into circumstances that only hurt us or worse yet, hurt others.

It is so very important to first take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ, 2 Corinthians 10:5.  In so doing, we bring our thoughts into submission to God's will and not on what we desire.  It causes us to pause and seek Wisdom from above before moving forward.  As children of God, the more we take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ, the more our desires will line up with the will of God.

Second, it's important to pray.  Before moving forward with not only the big things in life, but the day to day mundane, seek the Lord in prayer and ask Him if this is what He would have us do with our time at this moment in time.

The Lord is always ready when we call upon Him.   Nothing is insignificant to Him.  He is our ever present help.

We can learn much from the Lord, especially from his slowness...  And what I mean by that is He took His time when responding to circumstances - He didn't rush into them.  His responses were thoughtfully carried out and intentional.

In life, we find ourselves walking into screens or flying into windows because we are rushing.  We don't take the time to assess the situation, to discern Satan's lies or comprehend our own sin in the situation.

Think about the silhouette of the bird on my window... We leave that same type of imprint from our selfish desires upon loved ones, acquaintances or even strangers that we trample over when we are focused upon what we want, and don't consider how it effects others.

Believe it or not, I still can have residual pain from the whiplash I sustained from slamming head first into the slider screen all those years ago.  Something to think about the next time we are focused on what's outside of the screen door or window of life...  Do we want to endure lasting pain from a rushed decision or know that we have caused pain to another individual OR do we want to seek the Lord with our whole heart and soul and surrender our will to Him?

I'm sure we can all agree that surrendering our will to the Lord will bring much joy to our own lives and the lives of others.  We don't have to look through screens or windows to find our happiness.  We just need to look to Jesus where all our abundant joy lives.

"Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
  In the light of His glory and grace."


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Comments

  1. This post resonates with me this morning. Not because of the walking into windows part...although, I have done that also...but because I recently had a "thing" between myself and my family. I thought they were treating me in a certain way and that I should respond in a certain way. But, I prayed, and I waited, and I prayed. It turns out, it was all me. I just needed to respond with love, which I did...eventually. Thankfully, Jesus stopped me from being a fool and leaving my nasty footprint all over the place.

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    1. Hi! Glad to hear I'm not the only one that has walked into a window or screen. lol

      Thank you so much for sharing so transparently what God taught you recently.

      Praising God for His tender mercies upon you.

      Thanks so much for stopping by.

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  2. This is such a great illustration! Thank you!

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    1. Hi Bethany, Thanks for the kind words!

      You are very welcome!

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  3. I've been struggling with rushing forward. Thank you for reminding me to pray.

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    1. JD Lana, We all do it for sure.

      You are very welcome!

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  4. We have the same issues with birds flying into our large windows... I like to think it's because they are so clean, but who am I kidding? Great thoughts here. I wonder how often I get ahead of myself and my present situation, when I really need to pause and pray right where I am. Thanks for this. Stopping by from #sittingamongfriends :)

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    1. Hi Laura, Love your sense of humor regarding your clean windows. lol.

      Thank you for your kinds words.

      You are very welcome.

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  5. What a great object lesson! Thank you for reminding us to think before we act and to be aware of what is right in front of us. Blessings to you! I'm your neighbor at #HeartEncouragement.

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    1. Hi Gayl, Thank you for your kind words!

      You are very welcome.

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  6. Great post! We have the same here with our Kookaburras trying to take a short cut through our house!
    We really do need to keep our focus on the Lord & remain transparent in Him...

    You're welcome to drop by for a cup of inspiration.
    Jennifer

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    1. Hi Jennifer, Thank you for your kind words.

      I remember singing a song as a kid about kookaburras "sitting in the old gum tree, counting all the gum drops they could see..." lol.

      Indeed!

      Thank you!

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  7. Your real life inspirations always so clearly illustrate your point. Dropping by is always a pleasure.

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    1. Hi Carol, Thank you so much for your very kind words.

      I'm so glad. Your visit has certainly blessed me today! :-)

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  8. Slow down. And look around. Good advice! Thanks.

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    1. Hi Helene, Thanks for stopping by!

      You are welcome! :-)

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  9. Such a great comparison. Sometimes we do need to see the tree that is blocking the forest. So many distractions. Have a wonderful week.

    Peabea from Peabea Scribbles

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    1. Pea Bea, Very well said! Thanks for sharing.

      You too!

      Thanks for stopping by. :-)

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  10. lol. The Lord sure used many doors to teach you that. I hope I can take your lesson without the bumps! Cheers :)

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    1. Hello George & Eunice, Indeed He did! lol.

      Me too! :-)

      Thanks for stopping by.

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  11. What a great analogy, Karen! I get in the habit of wanting to look too far ahead--plan my future out, so to speak. May I notice the life God has given me for today before I fly too far ahead of myself!

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    1. Hi Anita, Thank you.

      Thanks for sharing your own thoughts. I appreciate it so much. :-)

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  12. Waiting for Him to open windows and close doors we do miss what is in front of us. I was thinking of my cockatiel, Nipper, who once flew into a window and bloodied his beak. He lived 33yrs happily singing, ringing bells, entertaining children, he knew the Andy Griffith theme and imitated telephones, while his flying was limited, he wasn't. even if we are limited as people, God is not. Jesus walked on water and through walls, He can get us where we are going.

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    1. Hi Rebecca, Thank you so much for sharing that analogy! Great words of wisdom!

      Indeed He can!

      Thank you so much for stopping by!

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  13. Thanks for sharing this encouragement at Booknificent Thursday on Mommynificent.com!
    Tina

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  14. I loved this story, though I am sorry for your pain. Don't worry- you're not alone. I've done it too!
    I enjoyed how you brought this back around. Great analogy! We can be so focused on the past, that we fail to see what's right in front of us. Truth!

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    1. Hi Rachel, Thank you so much for your very kind words. They have blessed me. :-)

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  15. How I always love my time here, Karen! First, I never knew you were as tall as me! :-) Second, we have this great big window in our backyard that way too many birds crash into :-( Ugh! And third, Amen! Oh, to keep our eyes on the Jesus right in front of us, rather than our own agendas on the other side of His timing!

    Thank you, friend, for being a part of #MomentsofHope. You are such a valuable part of the community of hope!
    Blessings and smiles,
    Lori

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    1. Hi Lori, I'm so glad! That means so much! And I didn't know you were as tall as me. ;-) I don't know about you, but do you ever see a woman and you think, wow, she's tall and then as you get closer you realize, "Wait, I'm as tall as her". lol. I don't realize how tall I look to people.

      Awe. That is sad.

      Amen!

      You are welcome! I always enjoy my time there. Thank you so much for hosting.

      Your visit here has blessed me so much. :-)

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  16. Your title caught my attention. Birds flying into windows is a regular occurrence at our house since we put in new windows a couple of years ago! But I love how you pointed out our tendency to do the same thing (guilty as charged) and the fact that we leave that imprint on those around us. Thanks for a great post. Pinning and sharing.

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    1. Hi Donna, Oh my!

      Thank you so much for your kind words. And thank you for pinning and sharing! I appreciate it!

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