The God Box

Updated January 14 2018.

Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers is one of my favorite books. So many of the words and thoughts expressed in it changed my heart and made me fall in love with Jesus all over again. I can tell you that listening to the old hymn “Rock of Ages” is just not the same. However, nothing was more of a game changer for me than “the God box”.

“This is my God Box,” she said. “When problems prey on my mind, I write them down, fold them up, and put them through the slot. Once they are inside this box they are God’s problems, not mine.”

During our engagement, Carlos and I were talking and planning out certain areas for our new life. As it is natural, worry began to knock on our door. It was not long before her friends, fear and doubt, began to make an appearance as well.

“Carolina, remember the God box.” – Holy Spirit

Carlos happened to have this little, uneventful, brown box lying around. I grabbed some pen and paper and we began to write. We took turns writing on little pieces of paper all of the things we would need God to come through on. One by one, we prayed together, folded up the pieces and put them in our God box. Those worries, fears, and doubts were no longer ours but His; and it felt {really} good.

Fast forward five months into marriage and we revisited our God box. I cannot express how beautiful it was to open those prayer requests, one by one, and see how in just a couple of months the Lord had seen us through, provided and comforted us. Writing “answered” on all of the little papers was awesome and the thought of waiting on the rest became easier. As we wrote our next batch of prayer requests I noticed our prayers were getting bigger and bolder. Our faith and trust in the Lord had increased. Our hearts are expectant.

While the God box is not a lamp granting wishes; it is a tool that can be used to discipline our thoughts and emotions to constantly surrender to His unwavering faith. Every time you make the bold decision to write your prayer on paper, declare and surrender it to the Lord, you are saying: “I trust You Lord. I trust that You are more than able. I am confident in Your yes and will be thankful for Your no because I trust You.”

Sometimes we treat having faith as “pretending to not be worried” because it is the Christian thing to do. Faith is truly surrendering to the Lord and believing while we have yet to see. Faith is a resting place when you understand that God is Good and a Loving Father all the time.

He delights and longs to hear your requests. He supplies all of our needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus {Philippians 4:19}. And if you are wondering just how many riches there are…well He is the King of Kings, Creator of the Universe, Alpha and Omega, Beginning and End. I would say that is a pretty substantial amount to go around.

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;  and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:6-7

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