The Key to Love

My afternoon duty at the grade school where I teach is the car line. I stand near the top of the hill, above our building, and radio down the names of students being picked up.

One day this week, just as I started the 100 vehicle cavalcade, a man came up and handed me a car key. “I found this in the grass by those parking spaces over there,” he said, pointing farther up the hill. “Someone won’t get far without it.”

I turned the key over in my hand. It was from a Nissan. I didn’t have a clear view of all the vehicles in the direction the man pointed, but I spied the top of a white SUV that just might be the one.

Oops, the car line was moving! I had to say the student names over the radio. I called cars for the next twenty minutes, stealing glances at the little white vehicle. There didn’t appear to be anyone near it.

With the last car called, I bounded up the 75 or so yards to the parking area. There they were, next to a white Nissan: a mom and her young son. The poor lady was red in the face, looking like she was about to cry. “Are you missing a car key, maam?” I said–already knowing the answer.

Yes I am! I had no idea what happened to it,” she said with relief.

As I handed the grateful mother the key to her vehicle, it hit me: at that moment I had the one thing she most desperately needed.

And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him. We love because he first loved us.

1 John 4:16,19 (NIV)

Many people today have lost the key to affection in its purest form. To them, love is god. In reality, it’s the other way around–God is love. And through His sacrificial death and resurrection, Christ hands us the one thing we most desperately need.

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Romans 5:8 (NIV)

Kind reader, those who’ve been born again hold the key to God’s love in their hands. Let’s share it today with others who urgently need it.

Thank you for reading. 🙏❤️ prayers and love.

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44 responses to “The Key to Love”

  1. Following the Shepherd’s Lead – Bridget A. Thomas Avatar

    […] had no idea that we really needed that. But God knew! In the words of my friend and fellow blogger, David, “God seeks us out before we even know we need Him.” It is comforting to know that God […]

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  2. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you, Nancy. It’s wonderful to be a part of these divine appointments from time to time. I love your prayer. A hearty amen from me, as well! God Bless.

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  3. Nancy Ruegg Avatar

    What a lovely little miracle God provided that recent afternoon, and you got to be a part of it, Dave! He’s so gracious to include us in His work, and it’s such a thrill for us. Lord, help us remain attentive to Your promptings, so we don’t miss these divine appointments/miracles. We want to be Your eager servants! Amen.

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  4. davidsdailydose Avatar

    You’re most welcome, brother. Thank you for your interest.

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    It makes perfect sense…really wish we could have something like that in the UK!! the school run is NOT for the faint hearted.

    It all sounds really, sensibly, organised there David.

    Thanks for helping me understand it though. Every day’s a learning day.

    Andy B

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  6. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Sorry for the confusion, Andy B. Yes, car lines at elementary schools are common–at least in my part of the U.S.
    Here’s how it works.

    Parents have several options of how to get their children home from school. One of these is to pick them up in person, via car. Those who opt to do this cue up (like a drive through) behind an orange cone–waiting for the car line to begin. Each parent has a sign hanging from their rearview mirror that says the name(s) of their child (or children) like this: “Sam and Abigail Duncan.”

    When the car line starts, I call each name in the cue as they pass by. Their destination is an awning at the far end of the school where their children are waiting. Near the awning, there are additional waiting places for children (behind cones), so we can load 5 or 6 cars at a time. It’s a bit like an assembly line.

    I hope this makes sense. Thank you for your interest.

    God Bless!

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    Can you explain the car line thing? I don’t quite understand why you’re doing it? Is this a normal US thing? Are you calling childrens names in order of the cars arriving?

    In the UK school collections are usually just an uncontrolled collection of riots…

    Brilliant analogy though, even if I’m not quite understanding the details.

    Andy B

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  8. davidsdailydose Avatar

    I agree, Dawn. Everything unfolded in just the right way to help that mom and her son that day.
    It felt like a divine appointment.
    I’m glad you stopped by today. God Bless!

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  9. Dawn Avatar

    David, God used you and that man to save the day! And you are so right, God wants to save our lives through His Son. He holds the key to our victory over sin and the gift of eternal life. He gives us our daily bread to live and love each day. Thanks for sharing. You have wonderful stories of God’s provision. ❤️🤗

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  10. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you, Manu. I hope you have a good week, too! Thank you for reading and commenting. God Bless!

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  11. Manu Avatar

    David, love the post. What you said about God being love but people think that love is god- I so agree.
    Have a good week.

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  12. Pure Glory Avatar

    What a beautiful story. I am sure that mother was praying to find her car key. You were the answer. How many around us are desperate for the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven? Thank you for sharing.

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  13. Petrina Avatar

    Amen! Indeed God is love and love should not be a God to people. Yet, many idolize the idea of it. I agree, it is very urgent need to show God’s love to others. 🙏🏾

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  14. davidsdailydose Avatar

    It truly felt like a divine appointment, Beth. The man who found the key was a U. S. Army soldier. These guys and gals are known for their integrity. Thank you for sharing. God Bless!

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  15. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thanks for stopping by, Lesley. God Bless!

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  16. davidsdailydose Avatar

    I understand the feeling, brother. I sometimes get to the end of a day and wonder how many divine appointments I missed.

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  17. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you for reading and commenting, Jo. God truly is a “one stop shop,” as we say here in the US.

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  18. Beth Alisan Avatar

    Sounds like you were an answer to prayer David. A great exhortation to share the key to God’s love with others.

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  19. Alan Kearns Avatar

    Yes David! This is something that has been on my mind a lot lately; that we Christians are privileged to have access to the keys of Heaven and can easily share them with others heading for the other place. The question that has been bothering me is ” how many folk have I missed telling about Jesus?”

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  20. The Quiet Roarer Avatar

    The love we attach to our little gods can never replace the God of love = Truth! Great reminder here David.

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  21. Crystal Byers Avatar

    You’re just passing on all kinds of keys this week.

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  22. Lesley Avatar

    “Kind reader, those who’ve been born again hold the key to God’s love in their hands. Let’s share it today with others who urgently need it.”

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  23. davidsdailydose Avatar

    So true, brother! Christ is the key. Blessings!

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  24. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thanks, brother. Blessings to you as well!


  25. jesusluvsall Avatar

    Drop off and pick up times are so hectic in elementary schools, so I am sure the woman was very appreciative. Jesus is the key to all things in our lives.

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  26. Bruce Cooper Avatar

    Beautiful, David. Thank you for reminding us. Blessings!

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  27. God Still Speaks Avatar

    You got to be God’s miracle to that lady! I’m glad the guy handed you to key too!

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  28. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Yes, the distressed woman was delighted, to say the least. Like Gary commented, I’m glad the guy handed me the key instead of turning it in to the front office.

    Thanks for the scripture reference! It fits!

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  29. God Still Speaks Avatar

    I can just imagine her face when you handed her the keys. Now I can imagine my face when God handed me the keys to His kingdom. (Matt 16:19)

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  30. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you, Simply B. I appreciate your stopping by today. God Bless!

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  31. An Audience of One Avatar
    An Audience of One

    Beautiful, David! We have the key!

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  32. SimplyB Avatar

    David, what a truly wonderful post! God is love in its purest form, as you say. And as believers in the truth of the gospel, we have the awesome privilege of sharing with this world the one thing they desperately need. Great words!

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  33. davidsdailydose Avatar

    I’m so glad God makes the offer of unfailing love! Thank you for sharing. God Bless!

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  34. davidsdailydose Avatar

    I didn’t think about not getting far without God’s love, but you’re right, Gary. It’s all too easy to over estimate our survival skills—thinking we can get by without God. Thanks for reading and commenting, brother. God Bless!

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  35. Don't Lose Hope Avatar

    This is a powerful illustration, David. The one thing we need is unfailing love ,,, and that is exactly what God offers us. Thank you!

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  36. Gary Fultz Avatar

    Great story David. Great comments. None of us go very far without God’s love. I’m glad you were handed the keys. Other well meaning souls would have just turned them in to the office.

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  37. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thanks, Pastor Pete. Have a blessed weekend!

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  38. pastorpete51 Avatar

    Wonderful story and great point. God hands us the key.

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  39. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you, Bridget! It’s amazing how God seeks us out–before we even know we need Him. This thought could be a post in itself. Tag, you’re it!😀

    God’s best to you. Have a wonderful weekend!

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  40. Bridget A. Thomas Avatar

    What a beautiful analogy! May we remember how much God loves us and also share that love with others. Thank you for the encouragement!

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  41. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thanks, my brother. There are so many day-in-the-life moments where we can share God’s love. I’m happy you stopped by today. You and Sweet T have a great weekend! God Bless.

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  42. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you, BG. Like I said, when I realized I had the one thing the woman needed-at that moment-the Holy Spirit filled in the blanks. I appreciate your encouraging words, brother. I’ll keep sharing. You too! God Bless.

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  43. The Devotional Guy™ Avatar

    What a great story and analogy, David! I just delivered a sermon on God is love, love is not god a couple of weeks ago. It’s certainly important to recognize the difference. Ultimately, God is the true source of love. Love this! Thanks for sharing this day in the life moment.

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  44. BG Avatar

    Love this love story! God is so amazing! I love it when He does stuff like this. He used the the ordinary to spurn the extraordinary! A ma zing!!! This is excellent Dave! Keep up the good work my friend! One of your finest stories!

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