Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

'The Windows of Heaven'

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

'The Windows of Heaven'

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Not long ago, I stopped by an office supply store to pick up a few items. While waiting in line, I noticed a bird in a high window, beating its wings frantically at the glass, trying to get outside. Below the closed window stood an open door, but the bird didn't see it, so focused was it on reaching what lay beyond the glass.

Watching this little creature reminded me of a time when a creative project that I'd poured my heart into and had high hopes for came to a grinding halt.

The rejection hit me like a ton of bricks. Whatever form it takes, rejection can leave us feeling hurt, angry, resentful, and even wallowing in self-pity. Sometimes we go away, lick our wounds, and then go on, but there may be a lingering feeling of unworthiness or a question of why things didn't work out.

In my case, not only did I feel rebuffed, but I had also been counting on the income from the project to help fund my son's first year of college.

At that time a friend shared with me a verse from the Bible: "Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it" (Mal. 3:10). My friend pointed out that this promise states "windows" plural, not "window" singular. God's blessings are infinite, and they flow to us through many avenues, not just one.

As I pondered this insight, I began to see that what felt like rejection in this case was really just disappointed self-will. I'd been vigorously outlining a specific course of action and related outcome instead of humbly turning to God and trusting His care and direction.

In the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," Mary Baker Eddy wrote, "Soul has infinite resources with which to bless mankind, and happiness would be more readily attained and would be more secure in our keeping, if sought in Soul" (p. …

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