One of our daughters commented on a memory that came up on all our social media feeds today. It’s been 3 years since we travelled to the USA and Canada as a family and we have all been reminiscing. I have to say I love travel, seeing new things and even airports with their special atmosphere, excitement and feeling of going somewhere, and dreams being fulfilled.
As you might imagine with our large family it is a major undertaking to go anywhere, especially when that includes flying. The suitcases, backpacks, handbags and whatever else we think we need are wheeled and carried with us into the airport in what my husband says looks and feels like having to herd a flock of pigeons.
The more we travel as a family the more I am convinced we need to learn how to travel lighter! I’m not sure how those very calm and collected looking people who travel with just one itty bitty carry-on bag fit everything in it, but it definitely looks like a good idea when we are struggling through the check in lines with our crazy amounts of luggage.
Travelling lighter not only relates to physical travel but also to how we travel through life. When we allow ourselves to get weighed down by unforgiveness, worries, and cares it makes getting to where we are meant to be going, and our walking in and fulfilling the purposes that God has for our lives so much harder. The process and journey can even be delayed, or we can miss opportunities God planned for us because we are too busy struggling and being burdened with the excess “weight” of emotional, mental, spiritual and even physical “baggage”.
God’s best for us is that we would be able to run; to run freely through life, being guided by His presence and His Word, and available to be and go where He says. That sort of lifestyle however is far more difficult or perhaps nigh impossible if we continually refuse or neglect to deal with the issues of our heart and circumstances. We just get so “bogged” down and exhausted from carrying all our “stuff” that we either don’t hear Him, miss His promptings, or are too fearful or full of unbelief to act upon His leading.
Jesus however encourages us to come to Him when we are weary and heavy laden so that He can lift those burdens off our backs. He then says for us to learn from Him on how to live, because His ways are lighter and easier.
He says, “Come to me, all you who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and I will give you rest”. (Matthew 11:28 -29)
Today, instead of carrying lots of heavy “baggage” take some time to examine your own life; the condition of your heart, your thoughts, emotions and attitudes so that you can off load any unnecessary and negative “weights” and then enjoy travelling through your day light and easy.
“Cast all your cares upon Jesus for He cares for you”. (1 Peter 5:7)
Prayer: Lord please help me to be aware of the condition of my heart and any issues that need dealing with in my life. I want to travel through life light and easy so that I can be calm, collected and full of energy for the journey. In Jesus name Amen