A few weeks ago, I had a very trying few days. It seemed that everyone I knew was going through something that caused me concern. I would talk to one person and hear about their struggles and wonder how I could help. I talked to another and hear their worries and wondered how I could help. I, myself, had a bunch of things going on and my mind was racing with how I was going to deal with each situation that needed to be addressed. I spent my evening considering all the possibilities and had no clear answers on anything.
I dreaded bedtime, knowing that when it’s time for my body to shut down, it often signals my mind to wake up and worry. Very frustrated, I went to bed, and couldn’t fall asleep. The windows were open at our river house this warm evening and the songs of the crickets and frogs were not bringing me peace. As a matter of fact, the more I listened the louder they sounded and the more alert I became. “What am I going to do about this noise?! What am I going to do about these things I am worried about?!” All of a sudden, an answer came to me….Shut the window. Seriously? Shut the window? It’s that simple? I got up and shut the window and the sound of silence filled my bedroom. The noise stopped. I realized then that I could do the same thing with worries and concerns. I could shut the window to the outside noises and problems that were confronting me. Every time a worrying thought came to mind, I chose to shut it out. I found that by “shutting the window” to those nagging concerns and thoughts, I could fall asleep.
I shared this story with my friend and the following week I got a T-Shirt in the mail and it had “Shut the Window” printed on the front. Friends, it is that simple. We can choose to shut the window to a lot of situations in our lives and we can give those concerns to God. “Do not let your hearts be troubled, You believe in God.” It’s that simple…..Shut the window.
John 14:1-4 Jesus Comforts His Disciples (The title could read “Jesus Comforts Insert your name.)
14 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God[a]; believe also in me. 2 My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. 4 You know the way to the place where I am going.”