Clinging to the Key


This morning before church I went looking for a key.  After a few minutes of searching, I found it in my desk drawer.  It was given to me over 13 years ago by a lady who I had asked to walk with me in recovery. She wanted this to be a tangible reminder to me that the key to recovery is willingness.  Since then, I’ve pulled this key out whenever it comes to mind.

Years ago, when I facilitated a Celebrate Recovery group at my church, group members even used it during our small group time. The person who volunteered to share would hold the key as they spoke.

Willingness IS the key.

I want others to know this too…because this truth will change your life.

This morning, as I thought about this word, a few things came to mind:

  • First, I pictured a banquet table. Above the table was a sign with one word written on it:


  • Second, I thought about a section from the eBook I wrote a few years ago.

If I could encourage people to do one thing, it would be to admit to God the sin you are struggling with even when you have no desire to change. It was at this crucial point when I was so tempted to turn the volume down and walk the other way that I needed to listen to God and cling to Him even tighter. Our human tendency is to rebel and do it our own way. Listening to God even when it hurts takes courage. I learned a lifelong lesson during this season in my life. The Lord can use even the smallest amount of willingness. And simply being willing to admit the truth that I didn’t want to change, opened the door of communication with Him. 

  • Third, I thought about that banquet table again. I could see people sitting around that table.

I could see Peter who bravely uttered the following words one night while sitting on a boat in the middle of a stormy sea.  “Master, if it’s really you, call me to come to you on the water.”
I am willing

I see the father whose son was possessed by an evil spirit and his response when Jesus points out his lack of faith:  Immediately the father of the boy cried out, “I do believe! Help my unbelief.”
 I am willing 

I see Nathanael who questioned how anything good could possibly come out of Nazareth respond, yes, to Philip’s simple invitation to “come and see.”
 I am willing.

I see the elderly widow who dropped two small coins into the temple offering.
I am willing.

I see a lady at a well…who was sick and tired of being sick and tired.  “Sir,” the woman said to Him, “give me this water so I won’t get thirsty and come here to draw water.”
 I am willing 

I see Esther who listened to the words of her cousin, Mordecai, “Who knows, perhaps you have come to your royal position for such a time as this.”
I am willing.

Willingness IS the key.  

 “Keep asking, and it will be given to you. Keep searching,and you will find. Keep knocking, and the door will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives, and the one who searches finds, and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. Matthew 7: 7-8

I would love to hear about a time in your own journey where willingness turned out to be the route to progress, growth, and healing. 

3 thoughts on “Clinging to the Key

  1. Pam

    Wonderful truth here, Eileen! Often taking the first step is the hardest. Willingness to take that step is what God needs from us. He can then nudge or carry us the rest of the way. 🙂

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