We’ve all heard it and it conjures so many thoughts, at least for me, and images that bring to life what I’m learning about this ‘God-in-a-box’ mentality.
My first visual is very ancient boxes, dating back hundreds, even thousands of years, where people before me ‘kept” God.
It gives me some assurance that I was not the first to “capture” God and put him safely within the confines of my box. He has been ‘boxed’ for thousands of years by better people then me!
The next thing I think about is the variety of boxes…there are tall boxes, short boxes, fat boxes, skinny boxes, round boxes, square boxes…to me it would look like this:
There are also locked boxes where I imagine people feel certain God is at risk and must be protected from the outside world!
and beautifully wrapped boxes because God deserves a beautiful place to stay! Plus the ribbons adds additional security. Have you ever seen people struggle trying to remove ribbon from a box. It’s quite amusing sometimes. I’m a double knotter…so they really struggle! I laugh out loud as I watch them…My husband just gets scissors…spoilsport! I digress….
The whole box analogy comes with the call to be an OPEN box and some of us just can’t get there ALL THE WAY…but we become closer like boxes with holes!
For me the ‘boxing God’ came to bring order from seeming chaos (in the spiritual sense). I felt certain I must box God to protect my ‘isms’, my own personal theology. A part of me was always worried that God would ‘escape’ if I opened the box and I’d never be able to find Him again. There is a security in the box, at least for me.
God hasn’t called me to security…He has called me to OPENNESS! Openness for Him means He can reach others from MY BOX. Openness for me means I can trust that the work we do will always grow and evolve as will my own wisdom through the journey. My box is not big enough to hold God or the call God has placed on me...no one's is!
I hope one day to completely open my box and see just where God takes me and if He comes back.
Happy Friday from the Box Lady!