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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Lock (03/06/06)

TITLE: The Locket
By Amory Calcott
03/06/06


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When I was a child, my mother owned a silver locket. It was ornately engraved with thin, shimmering leaves and flowers. I was scarcely old enough to amble up to the wooden dresser where the antique locket lay, but I saw the chain and picked it up. I brought it to my mother, and she sat down with me and allowed me to examine it. I was fascinated by its sheer beauty.

"Do you know what's inside it?" she asked.

Inside it? I was too young to realize that the locket could be opened. My tiny hands were too unskilled to open the locking mechanism. My mother gently unlocked it, and inside, to my astonishment, was a tiny photograph.

It was a picture of me.

The locket was already beautiful, but the secret lying inside it thrilled me beyond any words that my childish heart could muster. I saw the locket as the ultimate treasure, but my mother treasured the child whose picture was clasped inside that silver compartment.

Much like a child trying to pry open a locket, we may attempt discovering the secrets of God's heart, but we are still underdeveloped and cannot truly unlock the treasure that is hidden there. However, it is possible that someday, when the time is right, God will show us. We must become calm enough to sit quietly, stilling our frantically busy hearts, and hear what is being said to us. And when that time has arrived, we may be allowed a glimpse of the marvelous mystery of our Creator's unconditional love.

Whose picture is inside God's locket?

It may very well be yours.


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Debbie Sickler03/13/06
I really liked the comparison of opening a locket to unlocking the mysteries of God. I also liked the reminder that we have to be mature enough to sit still to attain those secrets.
Jessica Schmit03/13/06
You wrote beautifully. I would've loved to have read more about the child's locket. Great spiritual application.
Cassie Memmer03/13/06
Nice analogy and great devotional!
Tonya Pope03/14/06
Very encouraging. a very well written piece.
Jan Ackerson 03/16/06
Very beautiful! Consider ending it with "...God's unconditional love." That's where the "punch" is.
Virginia Gorg03/16/06
Excellent. Bravo. I like the use of a locket in this. Very readable.
Mary Alice Bowles03/17/06
This article is very interesting and written very well. Thank you
Bud Young03/19/06
Wonderful! This illustrated the faith of a child so well. It also spoke to me about the condition our heart should be in when we approach our Lord.
Marilyn Schnepp 03/19/06
A truly delightful piece of artistic writing. I loved it! Simplistic, short and to the ultimate point...that WE are important to God! Great!