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This Week's Charlyne Cares For Kids Devotional

Friday, April 17, 2015

DIRTY WINDOWS
 
Jesus replied, “My light will shine for you just a little longer. Walk in the light while you can, so the darkness will not overtake you. Those who walk in the darkness cannot see where they are going.  Put your trust in the light while there is still time; then you will become children of the light.”  John 12:35-26a (NLT)

Karen’s eyes sprang open as she realized there was sunlight coming through the drapes on her window.  “Oh no!” She thought.  “I’ll be late for school.”  She jumped out of bed, splashed water on her face, brushed her teeth, ran a comb through her hair and hurriedly threw on some clothes.  As she came down the hallway, she realized that she didn’t hear the usual morning noise that was a part of their house.  Slipping into the kitchen she saw her dad sitting there, his hot coffee throwing wisps of steam into the air, and his worn Bible open on the kitchen table.    
 
Looking up, he smiled at her and asked, “What are you doing up so early on a Saturday morning?”
 
A groan escaped Karen’s lips as she realized it WAS Saturday and there was no need to hurry to catch the school bus.  She plopped down on the chair next to her Dad and explained what had happened.  He laughed, gave her a hug and offered to fix her pancakes.  As they sat together at the kitchen table, Karen noticed that the front door was open to let in the early morning light.  She also noticed that things did not look right outside.
 
She got up to take a closer look.  It wasn’t the things outside that weren’t right.  It was the window she was looking through.  The recent rain and wind had left dirt and water spots on the glass door and everything she saw through that window did not look the way it should.
 
“Dad,” she said, “I think it’s time for some window cleaning around here.”  Her dad agreed and went to get the paper towels and window cleaner.  Father and daughter worked as a team, one on the outside, one on the inside.  Before long, all the windows on the main floor of the house had been cleaned.   It sure made a big difference in how things looked on the other side.
 
Are there some people in your life who are looking through dirty windows?  It’s hard to see things clearly when they are distorted by dirt and grime.  Things that seem to be right , just aren’t.  And it’s hard to see the way things really are when the window is dirty.  Maybe there is someone in your life for whom you have been praying, like your dad or your mom, who is looking at things through a dirty window.  Right now they aren’t seeing things clearly.  What looks right to them, really isn’t.  And it’s hard for them to tell what is real and what is counterfeit.  They can make a lot of mistakes when they aren’t seeing clearly.
 

When they arrived at Bethsaida, some people brought a blind man to Jesus, and they begged him to touch the man and heal him. Jesus took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the village. Then, spitting on the man’s eyes, he laid his hands on him and asked, “Can you see anything now?” The man looked around. “Yes,” he said, “I see people, but I can’t see them very clearly. They look like trees walking around.”  Then Jesus placed his hands on the man’s eyes again, and his eyes were opened. His sight was completely restored, and he could see everything clearly.  Mark 8:22-25 (NLT)
 
Our prayers to Jesus can help those we love see more clearly.  Jesus is the one who can restore sight to those who can’t see right now.  Often it doesn’t happen all at once.  Sometimes the miracle takes more than one touch, like it did for this blind man in Bethsaida.  Sometimes they start to see but then other things get in their way and they go back to looking through dirty windows.  That is why it is so important that we keep praying that the Lord will open their eyes to His truth and help them to see more clearly. 
 
What about your own window?  Is the window of your heart and mind clear?  Or does it need some cleaning up?  Do you maybe need to wipe off some of that anger or wash off some of that bitterness?  Do you need to have your own eyes opened to what Jesus can do?  If so, there is no window cleaner in the world like the Word of God.  Open up your Bible today and read the promises that the Lord has for you and for your family.  Keep reading and keep praying and before you know it, that window will be sparkling clean again.
 

The Lord opens the eyes of the blind. The Lord lifts up those who are weighed down. The Lord loves the godly.  Psalm 146:8

God bless, 

Kim, a stander in Nebraska

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