Yesterday in A Light Within I spoke about how the sun shining through a stained glass window can display great beauty.
While I was writing yesterday’s blog post, I was reminded of a an episode of ‘The Vicar of Dibley’ where, after the “Quite Great Storm” of Dibley, Geraldine (the vicar) discovers that a tree has smashed the church’s stained glass window. Everyone agrees they want the same window design – trouble is no one can remember what it looked like!
Geraldine seeks a sponsor to replace it, persuading businessman to donate the money required to replace the stained glass window. However, when Geraldine learns of an earthquake in South America, she donates most of the eleven thousand pounds donated for the window, to the South America appeal without telling the others.
There was great anticipation when the new window was ready to be revealed an a bright sunny evening. So imagine their surprise when the new window was revealed and they saw a plain glass window instead…not just a plain glass window, but a plain glass window with the sunlight shining through it revealing the beauty of nature visible through the window.
Sometimes, although the sun shining through a stained glass window is beautiful, we need to take away the artificial, man-made things so we can once again see the natural beauty God has created all around us.