Six Unopened Boxes
“Lord, I love the habitation of Your house, and the place where Your glory dwells.”
Six boxes that have remained unopened for several years have traveled more miles than some people travel in a lifetime. They have remained on the top of shelves and inside cabinets since they were sealed. Those boxes contained photographs of several generations of people. It was time to unseal them.
What was found inside each box were generations of pictures from babies to older folks. Some had no names written on the backs of the photos, some had names, and if fortunate, some also had the date the photo was taken. So, the sorting began.
The small children's photographs showed laughter or smiles as their life was obviously full of expectations and energy. The older folk's faces showed deep lines and some showed the physical hard work and many experiences of their lives. However, within each person there were many stories. Unknown stories that, unlike the boxes, can never be unsealed.
There are many stories and parables recorded in the Bible. They are used so the future generations will not forget them. For example, Asaph retold the history of the Jewish nation in Psalm 78. It reminds the reader of the time of slavery in Egypt to King David's reign. In 1 Corinthians 10, Paul retold the history story of Israel in order to give a warning to the early Christians to remain faithful.
Jesus constantly used stories and parables in His teachings. A parable is a brief narrative story. He told them as an example to give the people a deeper understanding for their spiritual journey. There are reference books that list all the teachings (stories and parables) He told. For example, in Luke 13:19 He told the parable of the mustard seed.
So, how do we keep our life from being sealed up and left unopened? We must study the Bible to become familiar with the stories and parables and their meanings. They are written down for us as a constant reminder of how important they are and they should not be forgotten. They should be passed on to the next generation.
Lord God, thank You for Your Word. Please create within each of us a desire to dig deeper into Your Word, so our spiritual journey will be deepened. Amen.
~ Ann Brock Ludington