Monday, February 2, 2015

Packing Light

I'm a last minute packer. Not quite the 11th hour. But not very far off either. We leave for Spain tomorrow, and I'm packing today.

Currently my bed is full of 6 backpacks and a whole bunch of stuff to put in them. But, I am being really careful, because whatever makes it into these packs has to be carried on our backs for the next 2-1/2 weeks.

That 1000 page tome for airplane reading fodder? It's not going anywhere.

Something I've learned from many trips is that light is best. Trust me. It is.

"He who would travel happily, must also travel light" 
- Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

In life, if we thought about all the weight we choose to carry day-in and day-out, would we choose to lighten our load?

The heavy load of stress. The overwhelming load of not forgiving. The burden of sin. The never-ending weight of day to day life.

I remember back to when I was a camp cook. The shenanigans campers indulged in....The perennial classic/favorite of piling rocks into fellow campers' bags....

How often do we pile rocks of sin, bitterness, work, guilt, and stress into our own packs or into someone else's? How often do we make our own (or someone else's) burden heavier than it needs to be?

Thankfully there is someone who promises to lighten our load. To carry our burden. To switch out packs with us.

That's so awesome.

Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee. (Psalm 55:22)

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. (1 Peter 5:7)

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)

It just makes me hmmmm in contentment and peace.

Jesus bore our burden. He bore our sin. He carried our grief and bore our sorrows. Jesus bore our guilt and our punishment. He wants to carry any other burden we are laying on ourselves.

So, enjoy that thought and pray for me while I get packing.