I have shared that my family and I relocated to a small town in the Ark-La-Tex. Living in the south, or maybe in a small town, I’ve discovered that the majority of my neighbors, whether I see them or not, love to look through the window.
As I slowly met those who lived around me, they had all seen me before I ever laid eyes on them. They offered great advise: Don’t run your car so early. Don’t run your wipers when you run your car, you’ll wear them out. Don’t drive on the grass after the rain, you’ll get stuck. Make sure to use a weed-wacker or you’ll give snakes a place to hide and they’ll go right on into your house.
The weather has started to warm up here. Now, we have had tornados and severe weather come through the area. In fact, we spent over 48hrs without electricity last week. I just thank God that it wasn’t worse for us.
In any case, the warmer weather has brought us outside, to work on the yard, our plants, spring cleaning and such.. Occasionally, a neighbor will call, I saw you and your kids…
Sometimes, we can spend our entire lives looking through the window, and not get out and have any of our own experiences.
And as the ark of the LORD came into the city of David, Michal Saul’s daughter looked through a window, and saw king David leaping and dancing before the LORD; and she despised him in her heart. 2 Samuel 6:16 KJV
Now, I’m not an Israel history or culture buff, so to be quite honest, I’m not totally certain why Michal wasn’t with king David when he went to retrieve the Ark of the Covenant from Obed-edom’s home. There are varying opinions as to this. Some see her as justified in despising David.
David’s worship here had nothing to do with her. It was for the Lord. Everything we do, must be done to God. Commit thy works unto the LORD, And thy thoughts shall be established. Proverbs 16:3 KJV
I used to be a stay-at-home mom. Back when my children were young and their dad and I were married. I remember looming through the window. Watching people live their lives, rather than getting outside myself. Once they got a little older, I came away from the window, and got outside with my kiddos.
For Michal, had she joined in the worship to God – had she removed her eyes from David and lifted them to God, there would have been no room for her to despise anyone.
Too often we look at what someone is doing, saying, how they are worshiping and we develop our own narrative/opinion about it. When really it’s not our place. If we can move from becoming watchers and engage. Well, we wouldn’t have to despise someone’s dance. We must keep our eyes fixed on Jesus. We can’t look at our circumstances or even the positions of the people through the window.
*Original Image by Yours Truly