Saturday, May 18, 2013

Steps to Yesteryear ~ Vintage Keys

Photo Source ~ Pinterest 
What is it about old keys that makes them so beautiful? Have you noticed how gorgeous a photo of an old key on a faded letter can look? How about an old key in a rusty lock? A beribboned cluster? So romantic...

The lover in me of all things yesteryear is very taken with these pictures and I'm guessing many others have fallen for their charms as there's oddles of them on Pinterest. 

To my delight, a dear friend recently gave me my own set of wrought iron keys to hang and admire from wherever I wish. 

As birthday presents go, these keys are a winner. Yes, my friend knows me well. Anything old, hinting at old, or even reproduction as these might be, always catch my eye. But this gift fell into my palm before I could tear off the wrapping. Without even seeing them, I knew I had something heavy, metallic and bonelike on a thin ring. And I knew they were keys.

Crabapple House

I don't know for sure, but the keys to The Secret Garden may now belong to me. Perhaps they're the keys to an old gate or heavy door, high in some abandoned turret behind a frayed and faded tapestry. 

Just imagine the wrist of someone entrusted to carry them, lantern held high as they shuffle through dark corridors. The hook they might have hung on in a scullery, or behind a door on a nail in a draughty garden shed. 

Keys invite us to stories. By their size and shape, by their weight and patina they unlock scene after scene, and with each new answer... come more questions.

Like crossroads, they offer direction. Open Here ~ Alice in Wonderland style. This way. Over there. Try Me.
Photo Source ~ Pinterest 

I have a few locks to try in the days ahead. As a pre-pubished writer, I'm praying for openings for my stories. For the hinges to swing open like a sun-shiney smile.

And while I wait, I'll remember keys promise so much more. They offer wisdom and knowledge when we fear the Lord. When we embrace Him and seek the direction He beckons, storehouse doors open and overflow with His provisions. Salvation, wisdom, stability and abundance, all at our fingertips when we hold the right keys. 

He will be the sure foundation of your times, 
A rich store of salvation, and wisdom and knowledge;
The fear of the Lord is the key to this treasure.
Isaiah 33:6

Do you have an old key story? Has God recently opened a door for you?

Blessings for a wonderful weekend,
And may God make a way for the dreams of your heart,