I love old architecture. There was a pride in craftsmanship years and centuries ago that has been sacrificed in a desire to have economical structures, built fast.
Something I have often marveled at is the attention to detail in such things as hinges. The filigree on this painstaking 18th century work of art will only be seen when the door is ajar…and that may not be often. Why spend such time on a seemingly inconsequential piece of hardware? Perhaps it was only that it was commissioned. I remember in my reading over the years, coming across an account of a carpenter who said it didn’t matter if any other human being saw the meticulous work he had secreted off in obscure corners…because God saw.
The secluded beauty of this hinge reminds me of this:
Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious. 1 Peter 3:3-4
Indeed, the work of select ancient craftsmen could be identified by such signature designs, peculiar elements for which they alone would be known. When our heart’s door is flung wide open, what is revealed? How has the Master Craftsman been attempting to beautify those hidden parts inside you? Give Him the glory as you “adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in all things.”