For instance, if you live in Missouri, you may see trees whose leaves grow green, turn orange then brown, and then fall off, and don’t return until next year. There may be squirrel acrobats dancing in the branches, jumping from limb to limb, or the occasional car that passes by, driving down the black asphalt. This is the world that you see through your window, but if you thought that this was the whole world, wouldn’t you be missing a lot? I mean, what about the snowy topped mountains, or the golden grasslands, or the blue ocean? What about the bustling city or the quiet farmland? Rowdy sport games, soothing orchestras, or comedic plays? How would you know about all of this by only the sight of your window?
Life is like a window. We see only a small portion—the present and the past. But the future is like the world that we cannot see behind the fame. Compared to our small view, the future is vast. Yes, what we see we may think that we understand so clearly, but we’re missing so much of the picture.
Life may be a storm at the moment. The clouds are thick and black. The lightning is frightening, and the waves are rising, trying to drown us. We feel so caught up in our troubles. We see no escape. We feel like this pain, these difficulties will last forever. We feel helpless, weak, and just want to quit the fight and allow the waters to drown us. But no storm lasts forever. The sun will always break through the clouds. A rainbow will always appear.
During our troubles, we may feel trapped, that there is no hope, that this will be forever—our bleak future, but we can only see such a small portion of the picture. Our future is uncertain. There is so much that can happen; so much that will happen. Though we may be trapped in a terrible storm that we may fight for days, or weeks, or years—there is so much more than what we can see.
The light will come. The sun will rise.
“Be strong in the LORD and, Never give up hope,
You’re going to do great things, I already know,
God’s got His hand on you so, Don’t live life in fear,
Forgive and forget, But don’t forget why you’re here,
And take your time and pray,
These are the words I would say,” –Sidewalk Prophets
We think we understand so much, but we only see through a small window, and cannot see what is to come.