My friend Charlene and her husband are on a mission trip in India. They visited a children’s home. This was her post on Facebook today…it started me thinking.
“Each child gets a box to hold all that they own. If you were reduced to one box, what would you put in it?”
- Life in a Box…
Can you begin to imagine what it would feel like if someone handed you a box…or even a small suitcase and said “Fill it up.” “Choose carefully.” “It’s all you can take with you.”…
My first attempt to mentally fill a box was inspired by what I know, what I have experienced. I have lived on the Gulf Coast of the United States my entire life. Hurricane season comes every year without fail, June 1st through November 30th. I have packed up my “important” things, loaded them into my car and headed for higher ground to wait out the storm. This past year our area was faced with the threat of wildfires. Again, “important” items were packed, a just in case plan was made and we waited.
My list of items took on the look and feel of an emergency preparedness list. My list included clothes, shelf stable food, meds and personal hygiene products as well as water and of course personal protection. Oh wait is there room for my camera and my laptop…maybe I should pack a flashlight and a first aid kit…and the list continued…
Then I attempted to look at my box from a different point of view…I don’t have these things to begin with. I am a child. I have been separated from my family or even worse. All I have are a few clothing items and maybe a family photo. If I am lucky I might have access to a little bit of food. Instead of my box over flowing with a carefully well thought out survivalist list of supplies. My one box is mostly empty and it’s everything I own.
If you were reduced to one box, what would you put in it?”