Last week I took a break from my hectic schedule and sat down for a few and watched a Hallmark movie. I rarely ever watch TV, but I am a hopeless romantic at heart. I love Hallmark movies. I happened to catch a flick about love in Paris and placing locks on the Pont Des Arts bridge.
My cabinet lock in my classroom doesn’t work properly, so I needed to go pick up a lock to put on one of my extra students’ lockers for myself. That reminded me of the movie I had recently watched the week prior.
A love lock is a padlock which lovers lock to something to symbolize their love held together forever. The concept is to lock the lock one time only then throw away the key in the river. The bridges in Paris, the city known for love, this one in particular, had grown so heavy by the weight of the locks, that the locks had to be cut off and the sides of the bridges were replaced with materials that couldn’t be filled again by the heavy love locks.
All those symbols of love were removed. Maybe no longer on the bridge to be seen by the naked eye, but they’ll remain there eternally in the hearts of those that left them. I’m sure that alone may have broken a heart or two.
I’ve experienced both joy and heartbreak many times in my life. I’ve had and I’ve had not. Both material things and love. I have nothing I have to keep under lock and key. I no longer cling to anything I consider of great material value. I now value people instead. Relationships. Love.
Do you hold something so dear you keep it under lock and key?
Did you know that a key in the bible is a symbol of authority? Christ gives each of us authority to act on his behalf in acting as instruments in living the way of the kingdom of God.
I’d love to go to Paris someday. With the one I love. It sounds oh so romantic. But for now let’s all place a love lock on our hearts together with Jesus. And throw away the key. I can assure you, that’s one bridge you’ll never burn!
I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven. Matthew 16:19
Love and laughter,