5 Feb 2015 by Joycelyn Loh CM –
“Repeat after me, ‘window wounds,’” says Pastor Rudy Nikkerud, pastor of Planetshakers in the Planetshakers Awakening Conference 2015 held at DUMC on the 23 January, 2015.
He continued sharing about window wounds after reading the Bible Scripture of John chapter 20, which relates to Thomas touching Jesus’ wound. Pastor Rudy shared that the fulfillment in our life ultimately comes from our journey with God, and we will not be able to really live out an incredible and great life without God.
“Do you believe that you have a calling in your life?” he asked. Pr Rudy started to share about his personal journey of faith, where he knew about God’s calling for his life since he was young. Worshiping God in the Planetshakers conference back then, he could not help but ponder about the off-stage relationship of the worship team with God. And that led him to have a greater hunger and desire for Him!
Since then, he began to work hard, excited for the calling in his life. He started to imitate his youth leaders. However, his youth leader had an affair at one point in life, which caused him to have a wound in his heart. His learning model has failed him.
He continued saying that when one is too focus on the destination, we will only see all the problems and situations. But when we focus on the One who gives us the destination, which is God, all we will see throughout our problems and situations is just God.
Pastor Rudy shared a story of a young boy who got a brand new camera for his birthday present. Excited, the boy tried the camera out by snapping pictures all over the place. One day, he saw an eagle soaring in the sky. So, he started to snap pictures of it. Suddenly, he saw the eagle diving down with its wings kept at the side of its body. The eagle seemed to hit the ground. Yet, after he bit something from the ground, it started flying high up to the sky again. The boy was amazed by the eagle. So, he continued to observe and took pictures of it. But to his dismay, he noticed that the eagle was falling down in split seconds and hit the ground! Running to check the eagle, he realized it was dead. The eagle refused to let go of the things it was holding in its mouth. It was the struggle for the small things in its mouth that caused its death.
And sometimes, Pastor Rudy shared that we are just like the eagle. We choose to hold on to certain things in our life, which actually cripple us from moving forward to fulfill our calling. In other words, if we decide to hold to our wounds, we will be just like the eagle.
There are times we choose to hold on to the wounds in our life that are caused by others. But we can choose to see these wounds as wounds that cripple us or we can see these wounds as windows, which lead us to God and more opportunities.
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