Traveling light – Leaving the baggage behind

“We’re only going for a week. Surely you don’t need that many clothes?”

 I’m guessing, I’m not the only woman in the world who’s heard that question

When you’ve asked your husband to just, “hold the bag together while I zip it up”

 Traveling light can be hard

But sometimes we’ve got to leave the baggage behind

 Because our hands need to be empty to recieve the new blessings

That God has waiting for us

So

What do you need to set down so God can give you more?

 TRAVELING LIGHT

 We all love to hear about the Bible heroes

 Who overcame difficult obstacles and circumstances 

 Stories like Joseph, David and Esther

That tell us how these people left their humble beginnings 

 And were lifted by God into places of honour

 We tend to skip over their darkest moments as we read

 Because we know how their stories are going to end

But we can miss the nuggets of wisdom

 That God wants to teach us

 If we move too quickly through these stories

 These Bible heroes can become sanitized, 2D characters

 If we’re not careful

Who have about as much willpower to get to where God was taking them 

As a Labrador sitting next to a plate of biscuits    

 LEAVING THE BAGGAGE BEHIND

They had to leave a lot of baggage behind

And travel light to where God needed them to be

Was it easy?

No

It was a difficult road

To reach their destination

But in the end

It was worth it

God reminds us time and time again in His Word

To give Him the baggage

‘Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you…’ 1 Peter 5:7

‘Cast your burdens on the Lord, and He shall sustain you…’ Psalm 55:22

God is like the baggage handler at the airport of your destiny

Except, once you’ve checked in your baggage

It’s gone

 Sometimes we can be carrying so much baggage into our future

 That we’re asking God to just, “hold the bag together while we zip it up”

He gently reminds us

 That we don’t need all that stuff

Only Him

“But, I DO NEED all that stuff!”

Is your response 

 And in the middle of all our excuses

As to why we can’t possibly leave the baggage behind  

Because we desperately need to take everything along with us – just in case

 God whispers four words

“Do. You. Trust. Me?”  

 God is asking us to leave behind the baggage 

 And travel light into the future He had promised

 If we’re carrying that cumbersome suitcase along with us

Full of things that are just weighing us down

Then we aren’t fully trusting God

 So, leave the baggage behind!

 Travel light!

Because God has a great future for you

And you can’t reach for God’s promises, if your hands are full already

With all that heavy baggage, right?

=)

 

Wendy xo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wendy Parker

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