Unpacking recently after a move, I was delighted to find a box that a friend had given me a few years ago. It is a beautiful box. It is small, white, and covered with beautiful lace. The top has lace and a silk ribbon decorated with pearls. I thought she had made it especially for me until she announced that it was “God’s Box.”
Seeing the puzzled look on my face, she proceeded to explain. “This box is God’s Box and any time you are worried about something or if you have something you want to give to God, just write it on a small slip of paper and put it in God’s Box. There is just one Rule: Once you put it in God’s Box, you cannot take it back out! In other words, give your worry to God and let Him take care of it…don’t try to intervene and take it back. Let Him have it.”
My friend knew me too well. She knew that I struggled with trying to be self-sufficient and independent. This box was her way of helping me to truly give my worries and petitions to God. I remember the first time I placed a slip of paper in the box. It wasn’t very long before I wanted to open the box and take it out. I was reminded that if I took the slip of paper out, I was not trusting God with what was written upon it. I couldn’t have it both ways.
Either I gave it to Him or I didn’t. I either trusted Him with it or I didn’t. Wow! What a realization I had through the symbolic example of God’s Box. I thank the Lord for the special friend who took the time to give me a special gift that so beautifully signified giving my worries and petitions to the Lord and trusting Him with them.
Trust God in all things! He is Faithful!
“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
– Philippians 4: 4-7 (NIV)
“Dear Lord, I thank You for Your faithfulness, Your promises, and Your love. I thank You for Christian friends. Help me learn to lay my burdens at you feet, to trust You with all my heart. For without You, I can do nothing. Help me to be obedient to Your Word, to accept Your timing, and Your resolution. Help me especially in the area of…”