Battle of the Boxes

Before we do anything else today, we need to herald the arrival of a precious little baby girl.  Hannah Leigh Capps was born on Monday, October 11th weighing in at a respectable 7 lbs and 5 ounces.  In keeping in line with her mother, Hannah decided to follow her mom’s steps of perfection and arrive right on her due date.  She also added in a little patriotic flare and decided to enter into America on Columbus Day–I like her already!

LOVE!

Now that I’ve given you something pretty to look at, I’m going to balance it out with something a bit more disturbing.  Please don’t judge me.

Yes, we’re at it again.  Unpacking.

Last night, as I continued to unpack box by box I felt like we’re not making any progress.  On my worst days, I would tell you the boxes play tricks on me and multiply while we’re away at work.  Will it ever end?

Yes, I realize I’m just talking about boxes, and while I’ve always been one to embrace the dramatic, deep down I know that ultimately, the boxes will not be the end of me, but do you ever feel like life is one big series of boxes that continues to grow?  No matter how hard you work, you can’t seem to get them under control.  If it’s not one pile of boxes, it’s another.

Or, alternatively, you Miley Cyrus fans, could also call these mountains in the climb of life.

Your pick.

Regardless of your choice of analogy, boxes/mountains/hills/obstacles are a part of life.  Even when we make the decision to become a Christian, there is no guarantee that our lives will be pain free, in fact Jesus tells us that we will have trouble.  Yet, as Christians, we do have a promise that we can confidently cling to amidst adversity as Jesus assures:

“In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
John 16:33

Not only has Jesus overcome the world, but through the troubles of this world, He is with us and He will strengthen us!

“The LORD will guide you always;
       he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land
       and will strengthen your frame.
       You will be like a well-watered garden,
       like a spring whose waters never fail.”
Isaiah 58:11
This week, I’ve fallen in love with “The Desert Song” by Hillsongs.  To me, these lyrics are so real that my heart jumps right in to echo them in prayer.  It so beautifully depicts different seasons in life and our confident response through the promises found in scripture.  Here’s a sampling:
This is my prayer in the desert
And all that’s within me feels dry
This is my prayer in the hunger in me
My God is a God who provides


And this is my prayer in the fire
In weakness or trial or pain
There is a faith proved
Of more worth than gold
So refine me Lord through the flames


And I will bring praise
I will bring praise
No weapon forged against me shall remain


I will rejoice
I will declare
God is my victory and He is here


All of my life
In every season
You are still God
I have a reason to sing
I have a reason to worship


And, because I love you, here’s the entire song:


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