I am a notorious over-packer. When we go on vacation, I am the only one in the family who has to hoist their suitcase on to the scale to make sure I won’t have to pay extra. I like to call myself a “contingency packer” because it sounds cool and uber-prepared. But the truth is that almost every time I fly, I have that tag on my suitcase that warns the baggage handlers that my suitcase will require them to use their legs to lift that thing into the cart.
I travel heavy.
Do you do that too?
Maybe not when you go on a flight, but when you go through life.
I tend to travel heavy in life too.
I carry burdens that were not meant for me. I pick up stones along the way that belong to others, intending to lighten their load. But end up buckling under the weight. I know you can relate. As women, we tend to take on the burdens of others without regard to the impact it has on us. We tend to carry our own burdens silently. As if a quiet martyrdom of burden carrying would earn us stars in our crown.
This is not right. It’s not what we were made for. It’s not how God intended us to live.
Donkeys and camels bear burdens. God made them for it. We are not made for a load that heavy. Heavy loads make you weary. Like trying to carry in all your grocery bags at once by loading down your arms. It seems like a wise move at the time, but then your arms are too tired to put the groceries away.
We pack heavy when we hold onto burdens of worry, anxiety, performance. We pack heavy burdens on ourselves that we can neither fix or control. We pick up burdens of others that we aren’t responsible for. We carry a heavy suitcase full of past that we should’ve left by the side of the road a long time ago.
And we wonder why we are so weary?!?!
Jesus recognizes out tendency to pack heavy and offers us a solution.
“Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”
In order to yoke (or join) ourselves to Jesus as He offers in these verses, we have to lay down our burdens. Only then will we be free to let Him teach us find rest for our souls. Then Jesus can replace the heavy load we were carrying, with a the lighter one he intended for us. That is the key to travelling light through this world.
What about you?
Are you weighed down with a heavy load?
Are you weary?
It’s time to exchange your heavy suitcase for a light backpack.
Give your burdens to the Lord and leave them there.
Travel light,my friend.
Here’s a little song that goes along with today’s encouragement: