A Curio Cabinet Kind of Life

When I was a little girl our family lived next door to an elderly woman whose living room was filled with curio cabinets. When her granddaughter would visit, I was often invited over to play.

The grandmother would bring out a little toy box and a few old dolls, but oh how I longed to get into those curio cabinets! There was an antique collection of ceramic roses and another cabinet with finely-dressed 18th century figurines that were perfectly poised and poetic. I pressed my nose against the glass doors imagining the feel of those delicate pink rose petals…

Ceramic Rose

And wondering what it might be like to see that lovely couple come to life!


However, my daydreams were usually interrupted with a stern warning not to touch. Those cabinets were strictly off limits lest something get broken.

Sometimes it seems like many of us are living the curio cabinet kind of life. We press our noses against computer screens, TV screens, movie screens and cell phones. We long to connect, but we’re desperately afraid of getting hurt or hurting someone else. The glass walls between us keep us from life and from knowing what real feels like.

Jesus is the perfect role model for this kind of dilemma. Unlike the off-limits curio cabinets, He makes Himself completely accessible. John says that He “became human and made his home among us” (John 1:14 NLT). He unlocked the glass doors of heaven and came to earth so that He could bring life to the curious, the selfish, the disenchanted…and even the overly pious. He came to release captives, heal the brokenhearted and bring dead hearts back to life. Jesus was willing to be broken so that we could know what it means to really live.


What if we accepted His invitation to came out from behind our own glass doors and get real? It would mean vulnerability; it would almost certainly involve some brokenness. But in exchange for this risk we would get reality. We could quit hiding, posing, and day-dreaming. But most importantly, we could finally know what real feels like.

“Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying. ” John 11:25

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