From the Evangelist’s Desk June 2010.
From my infant school days.
‘Little boxes on the hillside, little boxes, little ticky tacky, little boxes on the hillside, little boxes all the same.
There are red ones, there are green ones, there are purple ones and there are yellow ones. Little boxes on the hillside, little boxes for you and me’.
I can still remember being taught the song, and wondering at the time (age 4), what a silly song. I even asked the teacher why we sang such silly songs? She replied that everybody liked boxes because they usually had a surprise in them.
As I grow older I sometimes sing this simple song to myself, sad I know, but I am impressed that I am able to remember the words. Most songs I know the tunes of and end up making the words up after about the second line.
Then believe it or not, I reflected on the song. I paused and thought, how clever the person was that wrote the song, because it could be aimed at the love that or Lord has for us.
Now let?s have a look at some points and explore where they may take us.
Point one; they are little boxes, all the same. Well I would suggest that we are but minuet compared to the vastness of our Lord and Saviour. We do not even measure up to a speck of dust.
Point two; little boxes all the same, well I would suggest that to us the boxes were indeed different because there were differing colours. Therefore apart from the same size, they could be distinguished by their colour. But to God there is no difference in our nationality, creed, colouring shape or size, therefore in the eyes of God we are all the same.
Point three; going back to what my teacher said, ?everybody liked boxes because they usually have a surprise in them. How much so does the Lord gift wrap the things that He blesses us with?
We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. (Romans 12:6)
He blesses with the forgiveness of sins, where Jesus was stripped, flogged, crucified and then wrapped in a shawl, (burial cloth), and placed in a tomb. Think of the shawl as the gift wrapping, but when we arrived to look, the present had gone, or had it? No the present was the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, who forgives all who truly repent.
Also within our own personal little boxes, as we tear away at the out covers and strip away the papers, we are blessed with other Gifts from God, all neatly wrapped and ready for our use when the time is right. There is the gift of prophesy, the gift of healing, the gift of teach and so on. All in the little boxes, waiting for the right time to be opened.
If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.(Romans 12:7).
Point four; but what if we do the opposite with the little boxes, what if we use them to hide the things that we are ashamed of, hoping that the Lord will not see them? Can?t be done I am afraid, not even with a tree?s worth of wrapping paper and a beautiful bow to tie it off.
Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account. (Hebrews 4:13).
Point five; and one that I feel most important, because we sometimes open different boxes to suit different occasions. How many of us have boxes for our various activities? Box one for our Sunday Service. Box two for work, box three for the family and social events, box four for our friends and so on. Well as Christians we should only really have one box, that being the box that has all of our personality and character in it, that whole us, given to us lovingly by the Lord.
Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. (Deuteronomy 6:5) Not just with the box we happen to have opened at the time.
This months challenge, should you decide to take it, is to think on a song you had to learn at school, and then reflect on that song and see where God may lead you in your reflection.
Yours in Christ,
© Rick Hayes, June 2010