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Topic: Download/Upload (11/17/11)
TITLE: Windows from Heaven
By Cynthia Carter
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I sat by my bed and looked out the window. The grey overcast sky reflected my mood. My thoughts were on the dingy white paint, peeling around the window like the bark of a birch tree, all messy, dry and curling. My best friend Patti had sent her husband over to give an estimate on painting the windows. He had laughed and said “Honey painting is the least of your worries. You need new glazing. Your windows are about to fall out.
His words went around and around in my head like a train on a track. I tried to pray but the curling paint and my lack of money kept chugging back into my mind. I had paid my tithes and I was broke. My husband had left the year before. I did not want to borrow money. What was I going to do?
I flung myself to the floor and cried out to the Lord, hot tears streaming down my face;
“Lord you are God and there is no one else like you. You do not lie. You said in your word that you would provide all my needs. You said you would open up the heavens and pour a blessing on me that I could not contain and you have done that. You have given me the best two sons that a mamma could ask for. You know I don’t have the money for these windows. If this is a need please provide. If it is just a want then please take it off my mind.”
When I got off my knees, a peace had replaced the chaos. My thoughts were calm. I did not share this with anyone. The only people who knew about my windows were my friend, her husband and God. My friend lived in another town about an hour away.
I went on about business as usual; the windows did not cross my mind again until I came home from work one day the next week. A man from my church stood in front of my window, covered in white paint flecks. He waved a putty knife in my direction.
“Hi Benny” I said.
“Oh hey” he said. “Did you know your windows are about to fall out. I thought I would re-glaze them for you. Hope you don’t mind.”
I stood there with chills running up my spine and a different kind of tear in my eye.
As I think about that day I wander how my upload affects a sovereign God’s download.
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