As the shoot wrapped and I made my way back to my car, I reached into my pockets and felt around for the keyring, but heard no jingling. As I walked around the car peering on the ground for their metallic reflection, I saw nothing. The interior of the car yielded the same result and I started to panic. My final location for this shoot was in a field, filled with tall weeds, barely any area any more decipherable from the other. If I lost the keys on this plot of land, the odds of finding my way back to the exact location were about to be a miracle. As the sun waned in the western horizon, I knew time was against me.
A metal detector was brought in, still finding nothing. My anxiety was going through the roof and I could feel myself starting to get really discouraged. I'd searched the area, the previous area I'd shot, the car, my bag, my pockets, and the ground around the car multiple times. As dusk came in like a whirlwind, one final search down the narrow and washed out road where our cars were parked needed to be made. I pointed to the spot where the other car had been parked at the furthest point in the road we'd been on and said "That's where we were. I went no further than that." As my family member who'd helped me search looked down, he exclaimed "Well, there they are".
I'm no dummy. I had searched that spot, but for whatever reason, in the light that I'd searched, my eyes hadn't caught the keys in the muddy ground. In another hour as the light changed into darkness, a glimmer of the keys shone through, rendering themselves visible again to the eyes. I was ready to give up. I'd been beaten and my frustration was starting to get the best of me. I knew I was going to act madder than I should be if I kept searching to no avail, but I had to check one last time, while there was even enough visibility to try.
In the book of Galatians in the Bible, chapter 6, verse 9, I'm reminded of the importance of not giving up.
Again, in Luke chapter 1, verse 37, another reminder, even more important to me than the last.
Nothing. It's so easy to just give up when things start to suck, but this is not the time. Cling to life. Don't give up. The better days are ahead and your past does not define you. My keys were found today and the KEY was in not giving up.