Lessons Learned from My Sickness Part 36: Window
By pastor Ronny luces
I was admitted at Iloilo Mission Hospital twice, but I only stayed in the same room, Room CB 301, during my hospitalization.
The reason why I chose to go back in that room was because of its window.
During my first admittance (that was the time when my doctor revealed to me the true nature of my sickness), that window served as our direct pathway to heaven.
Every morning, Mam Martha and I would open the sliding glass pane of that window and lift our eyes to the skies, and talk to God.
That open window has been very meaningful to us as it served as our altar of prayer.
Of course, we can still pray in a windowless room, but an open window has something to offer in terms of physical access.
When you are facing an open window, you can see the things outside.
You can see the blue skies, the green trees, the verdant plains, the people around, and you feel connected to them and God, our Creator.
We can’t do that in a windowless room.
So there, every morning, as the sun rises to extend its life-giving rays, we expressed our cares, anxieties, hopes and aspirations to the Lord, and we usually leave the place with a calmness provided by His comforting presence, and we have peace of mind.
We interpret an open window to offer us a positive opportunity.
That is why we say a window of hope, a window of growth, a window of improvement, a window of progress.
We never say – a window of failure, a window of problem, a window of sickness, a window of fear. Negative experiences are never described as windows.
Instead, they are described as closed doors.
That’s why on my second admittance, I asked if that room was available, and the admitting section said that it was.
Mam Martha and I were happy that we were given that same room.
We felt that it was not incidental, but providential – so that we can continue to commune with God from that open window.
Despite the magnitude of problems we were facing, we have an open window of God’s assurance and blessed promises – that He will never leave us, nor forsake us.
Have a blessed Sunday everyone. Let us worship Him today with gladness!
Posted on FB: Sunday, 29 March 2015 at 11:35 AM
About the Author
Rev. Ronny Luces was the Minister for Administration and Community Service of the Jaro Evangelical Church (JEC), Iloilo City, Philipines. He and his wife, Martha have been with JEC’s ministry since 1994.
Pastor Ronny graduated from Central Philippine University College of Theology in 1985 and was pastor of several Baptist churches.
In January 2015, after tests and two long hospital confinements, Pastor Ronny got the word he had lung cancer. He underwent chemotherapy.
Praying for healing and going through all the medical processes, Pastor Ronny wrote his reflections “Lessons Learned from My Sickness.” In July 2015, he passed away.
May Pastor Ronny’s series of reflections and meditations strengthen your hope and faith as you go through your own life’s battles.