My dear friend sent me these words of wisdom,
"Quite a picture of our pilgrimage-weighed down with bags of our sin and stuff of the world. Feel like I have spent some time backtracking to get the rest."
I began thinking of all the baggage we carry around with us--unable to shed the useless weight. My bag is sometimes filled with regret, pain, sadness, envy, anger, selfishness, pride, sloth, ---the stuff of the world with a side of sin. I lug this bag around as if it were filled with precious possessions instead of deadly weight.
As I march forward day after day, adding more stuff to the bag as I go, I slowly begin to bend beneath the weight of it all. Stooped and exhausted--each step becomes a burden.
And then there are those things I keep trying to leave behind---but which I keep back tracking and picking up again. Those negative emotions, the anger toward another, the long ago hurt---all the stuff life pitched at me and I can not seem to leave behind. I throw them out and move on---only to turn around--go back---and pick them up yet again.
As I sat and waited for the electronic gate to open at the shelter and spotted that woman, I doubt she had any idea I was watching her and how profoundly I was affected by her struggle. She was dragging all her stuff along the sidewalk just trying to find a place to stay on a cold night. I am certain she thought she needed everything she was dragging and was doing the best she could with the load she had. I drove away--heart broken.
Here is what I have discovered over the past few months. Every time I stoop down to pick an old burden which will drag me down again, I have prayed and asked God to take it from me---help me to leave it behind. He has faithfully done that each and every time I have asked. NOW--because I am human---I am not able to put it down and leave it down, but each time I backtracked---He has answered my prayer and helped me move forward without the extra weight that needs to be left behind.
So, Friends, I pray you carefully consider what is in the baggage you are carrying along life's road. He has promised to lighten our load---if we only ask.
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest."