So I know I’m not alone in this. I have my own car. And by “own car” I use the term loosely. You see – I have a 17 year old son who thinks my car is his car. So it IS my car – but it isn’t – you get the idea. I have a center console for all my CD’s and personal items – you know the kind – extra chap stick – lotion – mints – personal women items (for emergencies) etc. etc. At least this is something that I can call my very own. At least sometimes. When and IF I ever get the privilege of driving my own car. I know where everything is – and I’m a very happy camper – especially if no one has “messed” with my CD’s.
So I’m in Greg’s truck, right? Several weeks ago. And little by little I was starting to notice that for some strange (unknown) reason – he has NOTHING in his center console that has ANYTHING to do with a “girl”. Yup – that would be me. So I was needing something one day and said to myself,” we really need to have that item in the truck” – and sure enough – little by little – my “things” started to take over Greg’s very masculine truck.
Well today – after noticing that another one of my “favorite” items was missing from his truck – he said to me – “you need your own special little box to put your items in – and NOT a clear box either!!!!” So we were at Staples today and I happily picked out a pretty little blue pencil box to put my little items in – and we have named it the “Cindy Box”. I have important things in it and it will sit behind us in Greg’s truck – so that if I need something I will know just where to find it. All neat. All contained. Just for me.
How many of our lives are like this? Contained in a box for different things in our lives. We have our “Sad” box – our “Happy” Box – even our “I’m hiding from the world” box. It is a much easier thing to do – put things away in each one of these boxes – I mean you never know when you might need them again, right? Like a compartment to a suitcase – take that emotion and “pack it away” put the lid on really tight – lock it – and forget about it – never to deal with it again. Problem is – life is just not like that. Our emotions are not like “things” in our lives. We can’t just simply put them in a box and forget about them again. God did not make us like this. To stuff. To hide. To deflect. To deny. Eventually – those emotions will come to the surface – and the lid will be blown clear off!
I would encourage you NOT to put your emotions – especially the tough ones – in a box with the lid on tight – so no one will see them or guess what’s inside. Be authentic with God and each other. Recognize your tendency to run and hide – or deny difficult times in your life. Give it completely to God today. And for everything else – get a little box and keep your personal things in it – it has really helped Greg be a much happier camper 🙂
I am praying for you today