And yes it is necessary to admit
walking in the forest
the heart is a lock
it has inviolable chambers
like the woods, fallen trees
access to the river
snowdrops surprising its edges
moss crystalline with frost
What I thought I wanted what I have tried to be
was the slender instrument that opened
a key: presence moving deeper into the forest
that releases the birds from the trees
and sends them ascends them
to sky by definition
but now there is nothing left to be solved like a riddle
this time the lock must be broken
what’s left has to be seized
because God only loves the strong thief
I mean the man who breaks his heart for God
~Jennifer Grotz, “Locked” from Window Left Open
All my life I wanted to be an effective key, unlocking life’s mysteries and opening up the world to those who are hopeless, stifled and trapped. Doctor training gave me a few locksmith tools. I found my patients taught me far more about their pain and suffering than my professors did.
Yet profound mysteries remain: some illnesses are rare or unique enough to defy diagnosis, some just don’t respond to available tools, while illnesses as well understood and treatable as depression or COVID infection still kill and incapacitate with abandon. The keys I may have accumulated don’t fit every lock. They don’t necessarily open the doors to freedom from fear or worry.
At times I feel aimless, wondering what tools I still have and if I remember how to use them. Simple knowledge is only one key, while brute force – breaking and entering – may be necessary to break the hardest lock of all – access to the troubled heart and soul.
God wants in, to pick up our broken pieces and put us back together. He doesn’t need a key to enter what He Himself has built from scratch. He owns the place.
Make a one-time or recurring donation to support daily Barnstorming posts
Make a monthly donation
Make a yearly donation
Choose an amount
Or enter a custom amount
Your contribution is deeply appreciated.
Your contribution is appreciated.
Your contribution is appreciated.DonateDonate monthlyDonate yearly
One thought on “Breaking the Lock”
I love that! “He owns the place.”
LikeLiked by 1 person