The Last Key
Junk drawers … every house has one.
Filled to overflowing with the mish mash of our lives; pieces long separated from puzzle parents, games parts found on the floor long after the box has been stacked neatly in the floor to ceiling game closet, batteries which we no longer recall if they are new or old, stamps, pens, pencils, paper clips, broken sunglasses, and keys.
Keys - tossed into the back of the jumbled drawer for when we will need them someday. Originally kept because they belonged to something. We knew which lock they would open and felt it was important to keep them for the future. Perhaps the key was so familiar to our hands, we felt we would never forget what it opened.
Keys-essential tools needed to open a locked door, car, safe deposit box, file cabinet or shed. If we are unable to find the right one we are shut out, locked out, kept out of where we want to go.
Keys-when separated from the knowing of what they open become useless trinkets, good only for an afternoon game of imagination played by children
What happens when you NEED to find the right one?
Car keys lost, and you need the spare to get to work on time.
Can’t find the key to unlock your storage shed holding the snow blower with a blizzard coming.
Applying for his first job, your teen needs his social security card, the key to the family safe, no where to be found.
What happens when you NEED to find the right key?
What length will you go to find what is lost?
When the heart of your spouse, your child or yourself
is locked and shut tightly.
Where do you look?
Will you be able to find the key
to unlock a heart?
Many keys to search through, large and small, there must be one to fits- you try them all
looking one more time
one ring of keys yet-in the back, perhaps stuck under something else, causing it to hide from view
there is one, it slides into the locked up place and opens
Overcome with joy you are able to enter that what was closed
Very often it’s the last key on the key ring that opens the lock.
When giving up is not an option.
You are stronger than you think. Fighting for what matters- because it matters more than words can say.
Don’t give up- even when you can not see the outcome and change seems impossible
Don’t give up- parent, husband, wife, child. Ever.
So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the Lord your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you.” Deuteronomy 31:6 NLT
Blessings for your day, sweet reader of mine- I pray you are overcome with hope for that which you search for today.
About Nancy Bouwens
I have been involved in ministry to women for more than 25 years and have a heart and passion to see others find their place of belonging and purpose at each stage and age of life. I am a life coach, writer and empty nester mom to three adult children. I write and coach about living a life on purpose for a purpose through intentional choices and by embracing a simpler, slower and more abundant life.