Blessed be the Lord ... who bears our burdens. - Psalm 68: 19
Do You Like Traveling?
At first, it was exciting, but it didn't take long before I got really tired of traveling. Especially, by plane.
All the hurry up and wait. Standing in line, while keeping an eye on my luggage. Taking things off so they could be scanned. Hassle.
But one of the things I dislike most is packing, lugging and carrying whatever I am taking with me. To be honest, even after I have handed off the biggest luggage, walking around with my carry-on and purse and whatever else I can't afford to lose is just annoying.
Do you get me on that, anyone?
But I tell you what would make it a lot easier. If I had someone with me who carried all of it for me.
Silently and without expecting a tip or a free vacation.
What if someone carried my luggage, held onto it until it could be handed off, and carried both my carry-on and my purse, holding everything and just handing me what I needed occasionally? Like my Kindle.
And what would be even better was if I never had to carry any of it in the first place. Even to pack it.
I'm telling you, if all of that could be taken care of for me, traveling might actually be fun.
But We are Being Carried
And so is our luggage, as we travel through life.
The Bible says that God bears our burdens, and that his burdens are light. So what are we carrying that feels so heavy?
You know how they say that even after losing a limb, people often still feel it? In fact, it is said that they feel the pain of it. Phantom pain.
Well, beloveds, I think that's what we're carrying. It's not real, but it feels real.
Oh, but if we could let it go. What would that be like?
Start Letting Go: He's Got it
The truth is, our traveling through life, day by day, could be a lot easier! We make it harder than it has to be.
We're not supposed to be carrying anything. Or packing anything up to take with us, except our faith. And complete trust in him.
And anything that would make that harder is probably something we won't need on this trip. We can leave it behind.
We can give it to him. And let him carry us through it and to it, wherever he's taking us.
Slow Faith Journal Prompts
During your next morning quiet time, grab your journal and a cup of tea, and take some time to work through this idea. See it as clearly as you can in your own life.
Here are some journal prompts that may help you think it through...
(1) What burdens have you been carrying, yourself, that he has been trying to carry without your help?
(2) How might he have been using your life to try to gently persuade you to hand them over?
(3) Do you feel ready to let go of them now?
(4) If not, pause for a moment & have a conversation with him about that; then, write down whatever you hear from him.
(5) Ask him to guide you and tell you what you can do differently, so that you no longer feel the phantom pain of those burdens he has been carrying all along. Whatever he says - write that down, so you don't forget.
Daily Meditation Moment
Blessings to you, today! I'll see you next time.