As the Lord leads me to day-by-day change my attitude to become more Christ-like, today He led me to a story from an Unknown Author. Shared by a lady named Mrs. Lorrie Flem of Homemaking with Teach Magazine this story was part of my devotional reading.
THE HOSPITAL WINDOW
Two men, both seriously ill, occupied the same hospital room. One man was allowed to sit up in his bed for an hour each afternoon to help drain the fluid from his lungs. His bed was next to the room's only window. The other man had to spend all his time flat on his back.
The men talked for hours on end. They spoke of their wives and families, their homes, their jobs, their involvement in the military service, where they had been on vacation. And every afternoon when the man in the bed by the window could sit up, he would pass the time by describing to his roommate all the things he could see outside the window.
The man in the other bed began to live for those one-hour periods where his world would be broadened and enlivened by all the activity and color of the world outside.
The window overlooked a park with a lovely lake. Ducks and swans played on the water while children sailed their model boats. Young lovers walked arm in arm amidst flowers of every color of the rainbow. Grand old trees graced the landscape, and a fine view of the city skyline could be seen in the distance.
As the man by the window described all this in exquisite detail, the man on the other side of the room would close his eyes and imagine the picturesque scene.
One warm afternoon the man by the window described a parade passing by. Although the other man couldn't hear the band, he could see it in his mind's eye as the gentleman by the window portrayed it with descriptive words.
Days and weeks passed. One morning, the day nurse arrived to bring water for their baths only to find the lifeless body of the man by the window, who had died peacefully in his sleep. She was saddened and called the hospital attendants to take the body away.
As soon as it seemed appropriate, the other man asked if he could be moved next to the window. The nurse was happy to make the switch, and after making sure he was comfortable, she left him alone.
Slowly, painfully, he propped himself up on one elbow to take his first look at the world outside. Finally, he would have the joy of seeing it for himself. He strained to slowly turn to look out the window beside the bed.
It faced a blank wall.
The man asked the nurse what could have compelled his deceased roommate who had described such wonderful things outside this window. The nurse responded that the man was blind and could not even see the wall. She said, "Perhaps he just wanted to encourage you."
My hearts desire is to be that person. The one who shares the color and splendor of serving God, encouraging wives, moms, daughters, sisters in their journey in the Lord as they follow the Pathway of being wife-hood and motherhood and being a daughter of The One and Only.
May you be encouraged today to change your attitude to be more like Christ. That New Attitude will become a habit and therefore change your Point of View. When we are 'sitting down on the outside, but standing up on the inside' our focus is selfishly inward. When we choose surrender and obedience to a Merciful and Loving God we 'sit down on the outside and the inside' changing our focus upward to the One who Guides us, Protects us, Love us, and Sacrificed EVERYTHING for us!
From My Heart to Yours,