by Todd Bradbury
I like windows. Windows frame things, and they ask us to pause, to reflect, and to notice. I’ve been enjoying the view from one particular window outside my office at church. You cannot see the outside world through this window, but the view is every bit as majestic and inspiring. The window in question is the display window located beside our church library. About every other month or so there is a new display in the window. The current display is dedicated to summer. It is adorned with a beautiful sun, complete with orange and yellow tissue-paper carefully interwoven throughout the scene. The window exclaims the biblical truth, “This is the day the Lord has made!”
The beauty of this window doesn’t happen by accident. The creative geniuses behind these works of art are Barbara Bell and Cindy Wight. Would you believe that Barbara has been designing and decorating these windows for over 30 years? WOW! That is dedication! About three years ago Barbara recruited Cindy, and now they work together to create something special.
Their creations inspire me. Actually, it’s not so much their creations that inspire me. THEY inspire me. I’m inspired by their creativity and their eye for design. Not many of us have that gift. I certainly don’t. But there are some things these two ladies do in the creation of these display windows that each one of us can do.
When Barbara and Cindy sit down to design a window they are intentional about what they are doing. They think carefully about the end result before they begin. They work in collaboration with each other, using each others’ gifts and strengths. They have a true appreciation for the other person’s talents. Then they construct their windows with great care and attention to detail. Then the big one: LOVE. These windows are designed and constructed with love.
Take a close look at all the underlined words: Intentional, collaboration, appreciation, care, attention to detail, and love. That sounds like a recipe for success doesn’t it? It reminds me of what Paul writes in Colossians 3:23a, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord.” These ladies certainly work on these windows as if they are working for the Lord, and it shows.
May I ask a favor of you? The next time you’re at church, take a moment and look at the display window beside the library. Pause and think about what it takes to produce that window. Then perhaps you will do as I have done and offer a prayer of thanksgiving.
“Thank you Lord for people like Barbara and Cindy. Thank you for the unique gifts you give us. Lord, help each one of us to live with intention, with appreciation for each other, help us to do our work with care and attention to detail, and above all, may others see and sense the LOVE we have for you in our work and in our being. Amen.”