A friend sent me a poem about personally becoming “unboxed.”
I recently stumbled across Seth Godin’s Poke the Box. Again.
And I keep seeing boxes of various sorts when I’m talking with people or just listening.
During that commencement speech, one of the examples of “out of the box” thinking and living was Noah in his willingness to buck the culture and endure the ridicule of his contemporaries. I couldn’t help but savor the irony of Noah thinking outside by box by building one very large seaworthy box. It was evidently a box that took him a century to build, a box he lived in for a year. But then, significantly, after the box had served its purpose by conveying him to a new world, Noah stepped out, walked away, and evidently never looked back. And we’re still looking for that box. Interesting that he didn’t turn that box into his home or into a hotel, a museum, or a temple. He walked away and now we must simply imagine the box.
In another conversation, the image of the Old Testament tabernacle and temple was evoked – and what was tabernacle and temple but a box within a box within a box like the ultimate set of holy Russian nesting dolls? Holy Place, Holy of Holies, and Holy Box of the Covenant. Interestingly enough, God nor heaven was contained in that Holy Box. God said he dwelt above the box. And when God’s presence showed up there in the form of a disorienting, foggy cloud, everyone had to step out of the box. Hmmmm…
It took a bit of time, but my daughter has succeeded in sucking me into the world (or worlds) of Doctor Who, though I don’t know if I have yet attained to full official Whovian status.
But if religion is a box, it should be like the TARDIS.
Not just a thing, a holy relic or museum display, but alive and sentient and mysterious.
And it takes you places – and the real question: is it where you want to go, or is it really where the TARDIS wants to go? Who really is driving the TARDIS?
When you get to where it takes you, you are supposed to step out of the box.
Though archaic in its outer dimensions and clearly out of this world, it blends in anywhere.
And it provides a universal translator.
Now there’s a box I can get into.
And out of.