“Don’t touch!” Many a parent has been overheard instructing their child, especially in places where the signs read, “You break it, you buy it” or in a friend or relative’s home that is clearly not prepared to receive the curious exploration of a toddler.
As a mom and grandma actively engaged in my kid’s and grandchildren’s lives, my home is fairly explorer kid-friendly; however, all of my valuable, inherited or sentimentally priceless treasures are contained behind glass in curio cabinets and hutches, so they can remain untouched and rarely handled. I must confess, they are often ignored and unhandled too much and do not even get dusted as often as they should. (One expense line on the household budget that has always remained blank is for housekeeping).
My daughter and two boys never seemed to show interest or any desire to actually open the cabinet doors, let alone handle these untouchables. Some of these items have a history dating back 125 years that I inherited from my grandmother and great-aunt, who had inherited them from their mother. They were just waiting patiently to share their story with next generations.
You can imagine my delight when I would catch our granddaughter just gazing inside the curio cabinet every time she came over. Now picture in your mind the giddy, astounded look on her precious face when I asked her a couple months ago if she would like to help me dust inside that cabinet and actually get to touch those untouchables! We made a date.
She listened so intently as I shared with her one by one what I knew of the story behind each item in the cabinet. I have no doubt that she will remember each story I told her. I allowed her to touch them and dust them before we cleaned the shelves and put them back in place. What pure joy that day was!
A relationship was formed that day. Not just the strengthening of our already close bond that my granddaughter and I share together, but she developed a love for a small porcelain doll in that cabinet that my daughter had actually brought back for me from Europe. She held and spoke to that doll as if they had been BFFs and she waited until the last moment before releasing that doll back to her untouchable place. I made the promise to her in that moment that when she is much older and I am approaching the end of my life, that doll will be passed into her hands. Her face lit up bright.
Ever since that magical day, every time she comes over she stops at that cabinet, looks up at that doll and she softly speaks to her, telling her not to worry, that she will be OK and will be hers one day. It is just so sweet, I can hardly stand it.
There is just such a great hope waiting in that untouchable cabinet. The hope is so strong that the other day my granddaughter asked me, “Grandma, so when do you think that you will approach the end of your life?” Yes, she did! She went there. She said it. She went there all for the sake of that doll. Well, she IS only six years old and so I had much grace and just laughed it away.
That got me thinking about the hope we have promised to us for our life through Christ here on earth and into eternity. God’s Word says that abundant life is lived now and for eternity when we do not hold onto the rewards of our earthly life, but release its hold and begin experiencing the spiritual blessings already available for us to receive through following Christ. Nothing is to be more valued than God Himself in our lives. He is not untouchable. He is with us, by His Spirit deposited within us the moment we first confessed our belief in Jesus Christ. His power can be handled when He gives us the authority to use it. No need to worry…it will all be okay if we belong to God. If you haven’t yet opened up the cabinet of your heart to Jesus Christ and every spiritual blessing He has given you, He wants to clean inside and allow you to touch what has previously been thought to be untouchable. Experience the JOY!
In His grip,