Of Light, Brightness and Sight

There is a symbolism associated with windows — eyes are said to be windows to the soul; a brief window of time suggests an opportunity to be snatched.

Ordinary glass windows are important to me. We bought this house because of its windows. As soon as we walked in the front door we were captivated by all the light and the view of the surrounding woods. The living/dining room has five large windows; the family room has three plus double patio doors, and the breakfast nook has four. They bring light from outside into my daily life. It’s raining today but still the rooms are bright.

Despite all the windows, I often miss seeing the treasures beyond them. I almost missed the first periwinkles. They’re blooming early this spring. I know I missed the deer munching lily leaves in the front garden, the bear wandering across the back yard, and probably the raccoons playing hide and seek in the cedar trees, because I’m not looking out the windows. I’m engrossed in my reading, my writing, my (blech!) housework.

Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” [John 8:12]

During this Holy Week we take time to consider him whose light has illuminated our lives, and yet was crucified because he was not seen for who he was and is.

Open my eyes, Lord, that I may see. [Psalm 119:18]

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14 thoughts on “Of Light, Brightness and Sight

    • The focus is supposed to be the windows, but you didn’t see me running around picking up my laptop, several books, newspaper, coffee mug, etc., before taking the pictures. Everything is piled on the desk that’s conveniently not in any of the photos! Real estate agents call it ‘staging’. LOL

  1. What a lovely home you have, Carol. And the view through all those windows would distract me from ever getting anything done.

    Thanks for the timely reminder of the true “light” we are to focus on.

  2. joylene says:

    What a lovely room. We too have many large windows in our living area. It makes it feel as if we’re living outside and inside.

    • You have an exceptional view from your windows! I’m like you when it comes to enjoying the living outside/inside effect. When we were repainting the family room I took ages finding a shade of green that I felt would bring the outside in and make the room feel like an extension of the deck. (The window wall is grey but the rest is green.)

  3. Oh, I love your home, Careann! Do you hire someone to clean the windows, or–blecchhh!–do it yourself?

    I’m so thankful for Jesus, my light. May I sparkle with His radiance, so people are drawn to Him.

    • I love it here, too. The window cleaning, however, is a never-ending task. My husband does the outside and I do the inside. I’m afraid they aren’t sparkling at the moment… spring cleaning is overdue. Hopefully I do a better job of reflecting God’s presence in my life!

  4. Laura Best says:

    You have a beautiful home, Carol and this is another beautiful post.

    I often wish for more windows in our living room. There is something quite wonderful at being able to look at the outside world.

    • Thank you, Laura. I do love the feeling of being close to the outdoors from inside all year ’round. I’m looking forward to the warmer weather, mind you, so I can actually get outside in the gardens and not just look at them.

  5. Jody Hedlund says:

    Beautiful house, Carol! I would love all those windows too! Right now I’m sitting at my table with the windows all open and the breeze blowing in. It’s heavenly! I need the light! Especially my heavenly light!

  6. christicorbett says:

    Oh how I would love those windows! They must tempt you to step outside all the time, how can you get anything done?
    Christi Corbett

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