7/5/2018 by Catherine Leggitt
One evening just at sunset, a little boy clambered onto his window seat and stared out. Down the hill and across a verdant valley at the top of the opposite hill nestled a beautiful house with golden windows. As the sun began to set, the windows glimmered in the dying daylight.
The boy called to his father. "Come and see, Father!"
The father gazed out in the direction the boy pointed. "That's beautiful, son."
"It must be very grand to live there. Could we go see? Please, Father. I will never be happy until I have seen the house with the golden windows."
His father smiled. "One day, Son. One day we will go."
Evening after evening the boy climbed up to the window seat to study the brilliant sight, trying to imagine who lived inside. Surely it must be the home of a very important person. And every evening, he begged his father to take him to see the house with the golden windows. He knew he could not be happy until he had seen this wondrous sight.
Finally one morning, they set off, trudging down the hill, across the valley, and up the hill beyond. But when they got to the house, there were no golden windows.
As he stood bewildered, the front door opened and a little girl peeked out.
"Are you lost?" she asked.
"We have come a long way looking for the house with the golden windows. I see it from my house every day. Please tell us where to find the house with the golden windows."
She shook her head. "There's no house with golden windows here. But if you wait until tomorrow at sunrise, you can see the house with the golden windows. It is across that valley on top of the hill beyond."
And she pointed at the little boy's house.
I don't know about you, but I spend way too much time and head-space searching for golden windows. I'd be happy if I had more money, I'd be satisfied if I had another baby, if only we could go on a cruise. Why can't I have just another piece of pie? If only... But God has provided all I need and continues to do so day by day. I have enough, God is enough, and I am enough for this moment. When I rest in God's provision I find contentment--golden windows or not.
The Apostle Paul understood this principle when he wrote: "...for I have learned that in whatever state I am, to be content; I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need." 1 Philippians 4:11-12.
Every moment offers a choice. I can choose to be satisfied with what I have or I can want more--more food, more money, more clothes, more attention, more love, more shoes. But the problem with acquiring more is that it perpetuates a never-satiated cycle. The more I get, the more I want. The antidote is gratitude for what God provides in the sure knowledge that "...God will supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:19.
How about you? Are you trusting God to supply what you need today? Or are you searching for golden windows? Won't you choose to be intentional today in being content wherever you are with whatever God supplies? The life of gratitude is the way of strength and joy. Today I will rest in my reality and be thankul.
In my latest book, THE ROAD TO TERMINUS, George Stanton is never satisfied. No matter what he gets, he wants more money, more power, more prestige. His unquenchable quest leads him into the dark world of embezzlement from which he must flee to escape prosecution. He thinks he has amassed a big enough nest egg to build a new life on the beaches of Mexico, but God has other plans for George.
Read about George's flight across Route 66 in the company of two most unlikely companions: a very sick child and an elderly woman.