"An Inside Perspective"

February 2012


My Dear Family in Christ,

Ever precious greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ! As I’ve shared with you in the past, we have a most wonderful three by five foot window in our cell. It looks out toward the west, allowing our cell to get full sun for the second half of the day. It opens wide as we see fit, fresh air filling our cell at our slightest whim. It is one of the very few freedoms that we still have sovereignty over, and that, with great joy!

Carlos and I particularly love to have our window open wide during rainstorms. We are both reminded of our youth and growing up in another time. Carlos remembers the loving care of his grandmother in his early childhood, while I reminisce about the open Pennsylvania countryside and my loving mother always trying to get me to wear shoes. In the spring, we gaze out watching and listening to the geese, my arch-nemeses, during their all night courting sessions. I have never heard so much heated honking in all my life! By early morning though, everyone is ready to throw their boots out the window at them! Ha! To those with eyes to see, the Lord even knows the geese of Rahway. Is it not written, “I know all the fowls of the mountains....” (Ps. 50:11)

In the summer, we gawk out the window enjoying the warmth of the sun as it causes the earth to bud and flourish. Before long it is sumptuously warm as the lazy days slowly ebb toward majestically-colored sunsets. Hallelujah!! The glory of the Lord via my personal porthole to creation! Thank you, Lord!

In the fall, we watch the autumn of life unfold. Everything brings forth its seed after its own kind, and by faith, drops it into the cool earth in the hope of spring. The warm winds of summer give way to cooler autumnal breezes that gently persuade us to prepare for the winter to come. Winter finds our warm noses pressed against the cold glass, mesmerized as a soft blanket of snow stills the grounds, albeit, only for a moment. All too soon the boisterous plow shatters the rare silence yanking us back to our incarcerated reality. It is written, “To everything there is a season...” (Ecc. 3:la)

The other night I was sitting in the window and it was blustery and cold out. I was watching the men walk hurriedly by on the way to their various destinations. They were all bundled up with large winter coats and hats on, yet, I knew who each of them was. I turned to Carlos and said, “Do you know how I know that I have been here too long?” He said, “No, how?” I said, “I can’t even see the faces of these guys but I still know who they are by the way that they walk.” As soon as I said it the Holy Spirit applied the spiritual significance to my heart adding a little meat to the bones. It is written, “...Rise up and walk!” (Lk. 5:23b)

The word walk is used seven times in the book of Ephesians and we would do well to take heed. It is used first in 2:2 to remind us reflectively of our old unsaved walk when we “...walked according to the course of this world...” Next, in 2:10 we are taught about the works prepared for us before the foundation of the world and that “...we should walk in them.” Thirdly, in 4:1 we are admonished to “...walk worthy of the vocation wherewith you (we) are called.”

Paul is very concerned about “the walk” of the Ephesians. He knows that in the rainstorms of life people are looking out their windows for the Hope that is in us. He says in 4:17 that we should “...henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk in the vanity of their mind.”

Next in 5:2 we are told to “..walk in love as Christ also hath loved us and hath given Himself for us...” Please note, beloved, we are not just to love, but to love as Christ loved us. Paul is prodding us on to a particular type of sacrificial love which always glories in the good of others. A true biblical sacrifice always costs us something! (2 Sam. 24:24)

Sixthly, in 5:8 we are declared to be “...light in the Lord” and are therefore commanded to “walk as children of the Light.” Finally, in 5:15-16 we are encouraged to “...walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time because the days are evil.”

Precious one, some people are in the spring of their lives “watching and listening to your walk.” Others are in the summer of their lives “gawking” at your testimony. Still others are sensing the autumn of their lives unfolding, their summer is past and they are looking at you for a reason to hope. Finally, and rest assured beloved, someone’s days are waning and winter has found their warm nose pressed against the cold window of life. Are they mesmerized by watching the Savior in your walk? Beloved, can folks see Christ in you just . . .