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  • Writer's pictureKara Chatham

An Invitation to Unpack It All

Something I love about God is how He can reveal Himself through anything. Sometimes He shows me (or reminds me in this particular case) something about who He is through things that most may not see God directly.

"Unpack Your Heart" by Phillip Phillips. The first time I heard this song, I instantly felt a connection with it - that sounds a bit weird to say... I guess a better way to word this would be, I identified with the lyrics. I, like many I am sure, have boxed so many aspects of who I am and my life up. Living the "Box Life", as I like to call it, is something that I have done for quite some time. When you get accustomed to that lifestyle, it can be difficult to unpack. It's like when you get accustomed to living out of boxes, when you finally move into the place that is meant to be for a while it can be a slow process to unpack everything. Anyway... When you listen to the lyrics there is a very sweet sentiment here, and it would be awesome for this to be said from one person to another. When I hear this song I hear this as something God would say to us.

“Lay it down when you walk through my door. Throw all of it out on the floor. Your sorrow, your beauty, your war. I want it all, I want it all.”

At the end of the first verse, there is this establishment of unpacking everything. Everyone knows that as humans we have plenty of baggage that we have accumulated over the years. For there to be someone that says I will take it all - "I want it all" - is quite impressive. But that is what God has asked of us.

“casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.”

— 1 Peter 5:7 ESV

“Cast your burden on the LORD, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.”

— Psalm 55:22 ESV

God has asked for us to trust Him with everything. The chorus gives us a detailed list of things to unpack - secrets, scars... everything that makes you who you are. God wants that of us. He wants to have a strong, healthy relationship with us. Part of that relationship is being open and honest. That is true of any relationship. Coming before the Lord and being open with Him helps all relationships in your life. It may not always look like what we think it should, but when we have Christ at the center of our relationships - things are just better. So Share your silence and unpack your heart. You are being invited by the one who created you to unpack it all in front of Him. Give Him the contents of your box.

Until next time... Kara

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