Packaged on Purpose

by Joanna Pierce on January 17, 2018

I really loathe shopping. There’s something about immersing yourself in a mass of people who walk on the wrong side of the walkway, running from store to store to find what you’re looking for, and realizing the store doesn’t have your size after hours of hunting, that I don’t find relaxing…

Because of this, I’ve become an online shopper. And, I’ve discovered how much I love Amazon.

However, I am puzzled when the one, tiny item I order comes to my home in an enormous box. Its size is such that I could set it up outside in the backyard and call it my summer home. After dragging the box inside, and rifling through the mounds of green air bags (and/or wadded up paper), I pull out the item I ordered. Then, with a mass of perplexity, I compare the small item in my hand against the large box, which has now filled my entire kitchen.

Has this ever happened to you? Do you wonder why such items arrive in a box that could easily have its own zip code?

I came across information explaining why this happens. It’s because of robots. When Amazon processes orders, robots box up the items in the most transportation-efficient manner. The robots know where the items are headed and what truck they’ll wind up on. And, like a real-life Tetris game, they pre-determine the shape and size of all the boxes to best fit inside the truck, ensuring minimal damage to the items in that particular shipment.

Relax—these robots aren’t self-aware. They’ve been programmed to do this. And, I think it’s really cool. Robots essentially “think” ahead and know the best way to box an item to combat potential transportation issues. They act in the now, with the future in mind.

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths (Proverbs 3:5–6, KJV).

I find our lives are much like an Amazon shipment truck. Except the items in the shipment are the plans God has for our lives—the paths He’s ordained for us to walk upon—and God is the master-mind behind the boxing and shipping strategy.

There are a lot of circumstances in our lives that come to pass because it’s in God’s plan. They come in all shapes and sizes, and we don’t think they have the best fit for our lives.

We receive a shipment from God, open the box, acquire directions we’re supposed to follow, and we’re too caught up in how the entire packaging doesn’t make sense to us to notice the big picture. We don’t see how the one element in our life—circumstance, trial, challenge, etc.—fits perfectly into the rest of God’s plan for our life. God’s directed everything perfectly to ensure we prosper and sustain the least amount of damage in our life’s journey.

We need to trust God has the perfect plan for our lives. The boxes we receive in life are a part of the overall packing strategy. If we saw all the boxes inside our life’s shipment, it all would make a lot of sense. But, we aren’t God, and only see one package at a time.

Today, look to God, the Author and Finisher of your faith. Acknowledge His plan and will for your life. And, I promise, He’ll direct your paths. And, those over-sized boxes? You never know; God might have just wanted to give you a few extra so you could build a fort in your living room…