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Topic: Postcards (08/29/05)
By Sally Hanan
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I had purchased them during my years at nursing school, one at a time, with great care and long deliberation. Blue Tack had stuck them to the walls of my box-sized room in the nurses’ home; I had not wanted to stick pins through their idyllic representations.
Just as a journal expresses the inner emotions and desires in secret, a postcard is an open display of them. The raggedy postcards in my hands revealed the teenage longings of my heart. As I repeatedly took the top one to place it at the back of the pile, old internal yearnings smiled gently back at me.
Pictures of the beauty of nature, one in particular of glittering diamonds on a sapphire lake, reflected my desire to be beautiful within, not just look at it from without.
Drawings of humorous, cartoon figures speaking inane comments showed my desire to be funny, to see the humor inside each bout with stark reality.
Photos and artists’ sketches with Bible verses reminded me of God’s character and love for me - words I wanted to know not just in my head, but in my heart.
It’s been twenty years since those postcards were on the walls of my inner sanctum. They may have been hidden away in a box ever since, become chewed up and cobweb laden, but the comforting thing is, I don’t need to put them on display any more. The care in choosing them, the relentlessness in decorating my walls with them has long since passed.
Ever since I stopped buying postcards Jesus seems to have carried on the tradition, buying one at a time, with great care and deliberation. He has plastered postcards of humor and the beauty of God’s character on the walls of my heart, the walls of His inner sanctum, where neither mouse nor spider can sneak in. They will never be pulled down and shoved into a dark corner, rather added to regularly. As for wall space, God is ingenious- He expands my heart just enough each time he puts up a new one.
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