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WINDOWS…are more than just simple panes of glass, much more. Shapes are countless; some are round, oval, square, large, small, long, narrow, clear, opaque, low and high. Most of us think glass when windows are addressed, as many are. But in my travels to other countries and climates, I have learned that there are many that are simply wooden shuttered openings; Cuba for instance. Severe climates call for smaller openings sometimes with double-paned glass; Texas or Minnesota for instance.

Windows primarily provide light, ventilation and even access. When I was a child, mechanical air-conditioning did not exist. We slept with the windows open, sometimes with and sometimes without screens. The fenestration (Latin for windows) in homes provides cross ventilation. Today, our cottage has full-length thermo-pane patio windows and doors all across the back and in the cabana providing excellent light and full view of our pool and backyard. I love it!

Cars, planes, trains and ships are all equipped with appropriate window openings. I have had to replace several front windshields
in my cars from rocks flying into them. Probably repayment for all those I broke as a boy. Never intentionally, you understand!

I treasure the old church structures with their painted and stained-glass windows.  Our church, Park Cities Presbyterian, originally a Baptist facility, has incredibly beautiful ones with spiritual
messages and images. The cathedrals in Europe are laden with windows of grandeur.

Scripture has several references to windows; well, the Old Testament does. The two times in the New concerns Paul; once escaping through one and being let down by rope in a basket
(II Cor. 11:33). I guess they got their lead from the two spies in Jericho. Then there is the boy who fell asleep and toppled out of a third story window to his death while listening to Paul (Acts 20:9). I’ve experienced that at the Union Gospel Mission-many have slept through my teaching, but none so far has fallen out of their chair or from a window.

While reflecting on the various facets of windows, I was drawn to the life of Daniel, one of my favorites. The most intriguing story that really describes the heart of Daniel and his love for the Lord is in Daniel 6. We see his jealous enemies plotting to trap him. They got King Darius to issue a decree that no one was to petition any god other than the king for thirty days. If this happened, the person would be thrown into a lion’s den to die. All of this was designed for the elimination of Daniel. Once the decree was signed, Daniel went straight to the source of his strength and hope. Let’s see what vs.10 tells us. “Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went home. And in his upper room, with his windows open toward Jerusalem, he knelt down on his knees three times that day, and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as was his custom since early days.”

This is exactly what got him in trouble in the first place. Are we kneeling
and prostrating ourselves as Daniel did, in the face of our trails and
rising persecution? Are we prepared to be bold and ‘open the windows’
with our faith, no matter the cost? I contend that if we are not seeking the Lord daily in times that are not so difficult, we will not be ready when the persecution rises? Daniel knelt three times daily. Maybe three hours daily is a formula for us.

Examine what ensued. Daniel was arrested and tossed in with the lions, but a strange thing happens. King Darius attempts to save him and even spoke saying; “Your God, whom you serve continually, He will deliver you.” (vs.16b) Then the king went into his prayer closet, fasting all night and without sleeping. He rose early and hastened to the den exclaiming; “Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to deliver you from the lions?” (vs. 20b)

There are many lessons, but the one that overrides all others is this–Daniel’s consistent faithfulness to God not only saved himself, but I dare say he had been praying for King Darius for a long time. Look at what Darius does next, other than casting Daniel’s accusers in the lion’s’ den (without the same results).  He then wrote a decree–“To all peoples, nations, and languages that dwell in all the earth: peace be multiplied to you. I make a decree that in every dominion of my kingdom man must tremble and fear before the God of Daniel. For He is the living God, and steadfast forever; His kingdom is the one which shall not be destroyed, and his dominion shall endure to the end. He delivers and rescues, and He works signs and wonders in heaven and on earth, who has delivered Daniel from the power of the lions.” (vs. 25-27)

Here’s some hard questions I want each of us to prayerfully and seriously consider. Will we be a part of the solution concerning our nation through our prayers and witness? When the persecution comes, and it surely will, are you willing to ‘open your windows’ and let the world know you are God’s? Will Daniel be your strong example? You alone may be that man, woman or child that is called by God to stand and pray in the face of martyrdom for Christ. He died that you may live; are you ready to die for Him? I’m serious. Are you?

Copyright 2013
Bill C. Dotson
Scripture taken from the New King James Version

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