On Sunday, my husband completed a 9’ bookshelf for me! I have boxes of books that have just been waiting for a home, and Chris built me beautiful shelves to begin placing them. Slowly, but surely, I’m going through each box and getting them on the shelves. My next step is to alphabetize my fiction and non-fiction books by author as well as separate my Bible study and reference material! I’m kind of a nerd like that, so I’m very excited!
Sometimes, we have emotional “boxes” in our lives that we’ve tucked away like my books. It’s something we need to unpack but something hinders us from doing it. Perhaps it’s a hurt that you don’t wish to feel again. Maybe it’s anger that you’ve stuffed down to avoid. It could even be a fear that you’re not ready to deal with.
We keep the boxes hidden away because we don’t have the capacity or space to handle it. What hinders me from pulling those boxes out, usually, is the need to control the current situation or the outcome. If I can’t feel it, I don’t have to deal with it. If I don’t have to deal with it, I don’t have to accept the answer. The problem is, though, that the box never really goes away. You just pile boxes on top of it until you’ve got a closet full of old boxes that never get dealt with.
You know who can handle them? Our God can. He tells us to give it to Him. “Come to Me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is comfortable, and My burden is light.” –Matthew 11:28-30
He tells us to come to Him and He will help us. We are to take on the yoke of the Father. Why? Because His yoke is comfortable and light. But how is that possible? Because He bears it with us. Isn’t that beautiful! We don’t have to take on those boxes by ourselves. We have God who walks with us, who is with us through the hard stuff. It’s truly a gift.
I pray if you have boxes that need unpacking in your life, that you lean into the King of Kings and allow Him to help you as you begin the process.