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Topic: Lock and Key (08/21/14)
TITLE: He Who Marks The Sparrow's Fall
By JK Stenger
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He smiled gently, but said nothing.
I felt a chill as the hair on the nape of my neck stood up.
Why does he ask me to do this? He knows I don’t want to.
“I can’t do it,” I whispered. Would he understand?
There was no reproach in his eyes. “It is entirely up to you,” he replied softly.
I lowered my eyes and fixed them on a tuft of grass. Did I feel ashamed? I fingered the key in my pocket. It was so big that it even stuck out a little, a glaring witness to my refusal to give it to him. But why did I have to give him this key too? I had already given him all the others. Wasn’t that enough? Deep inside however, I had known he would ask for it. He wanted to be able to open all the locks, not just a few.
I gave him a timid smile. “Do...Do you still want to help me?”
He looked down at me with warm eyes. “Of course. I’ll always help you. Haven’t I promised that?”
Together we walked on. I didn’t say much. My heart felt heavy and confused. How could I have refused him the key? He was so gentle and kind, but didn’t he understand that a man has a right to a few things of his own? Didn’t he already have the key to every other part of my heart? Had I not let him in everywhere else? I had surrendered nearly everything, but he still wasn’t satisfied. He wanted that last key as well. The key to unlock the door to that tiny room, deep within my hurting heart. A room full of fears and dark secrets, a place I tried to hide, even from myself.
When he had first asked me for the key, my heart skipped a beat.
”You have everything else. Isn’t it enough that you have almost all of my heart?” I screamed the words. Tears stung my face as I glowered up at him. His eyes were warm and loving; yet filled with sadness.
“Can you not trust me?” His voice was as the voice of many waters* in a soft, gurgling stream. So reassuring, yet unwavering.
I had wanted to cry out, “I want to! I want to!” But I couldn’t.
Suddenly he stopped. Right before us, a little nestling sparrow lay on the ground. It peeped and flapped its little wings in fright.
“It fell out of its nest. Look.” He pointed to a nearby overhanging branch. There was a nest holding the bird’s siblings.
I wanted to help the poor creature. But what could I do?
He picked it up, his tender hands unfolding the fluffy baby bird. Its head stuck out through his fingers, as it peered about with frightened eyes. In his hands, it became calm and ceased its anxious peeping.
“There is no fear. You see?” He smiled and asked, “Do you think I would crush its gentle head?”
“Of course not,” I answered indignantly.
“Nor will I crush you. I am meek and humble of heart.** You can trust me with your heart.”
Suddenly, I understood.
Tears streamed down my face, as I fell on my knees before Him. “Oh Lord. O my precious Jesus. Take my key. Unlock my entire heart. I give it all to you.”
I removed the key from my pocket and gave it to Him.
He gently took the key from my hands, his face illuminated with love and understanding.
“My son,” He said. “Now you and I can truly walk together.
Just as He placed the baby bird back in its nest, the mother sparrow alit on His shoulder.
“Let us begin,” he said. “We have a long journey ahead of us.”
And forth we went together.
My Lord and I.
*Revelation 14:2 (KJV)
**Matthew 11:29 (DRA)
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