Setting Down the Baggage and Letting Go – January 5 Devotions
So this is a day late because my blog host’s server was down all day yesterday, into the evening. So in order to post quickly, so I can get onto today’s post, I’m borrowing from a note I posted on Facebook two years ago about setting down the luggage, or baggage (burdens), and letting go. Still seems fitting at this beginning of another new year.
“Haven’t you been known to pick up a few bags? Odds are, you did this morning. Somewhere between the first step on the floor and the last step out the door, you grabbed some luggage. You stepped over to the baggage carousel and loaded up. Don’t remember doing so? That’s because you did it without thinking.
Don’t remember seeing a baggage terminal? That’s because the carousel is not the one in the airport; it’s the one in the mind. And the bags we grab are not made of leather; they’re made of burdens.
The suitcase of guilt. A sack of discontent. You drape a duffel bag of weariness on one shoulder and a hanging bag of grief on the other. Add on a backpack of doubt, an overnight bag of loneliness, and a trunk of fear. Pretty soon, you’re pulling more stuff than a skycap. No wonder you’re so tired at the end of the day. Lugging luggage is exhausting.
What about your soul? When your heart is hungry, when your dreams are thirsty, when your spirit has run dry. Where do you turn? I’d like to urge you to turn to your Shepherd.
If you let Him, your Shepherd will refresh your spirit by lightening your load–by releasing you from the burdens you were never intended to bear: burdens of worry, guilt, hopelessness, fear, shame, doubt, loneliness….the burdens of life.
God is saying to you, ‘Set that stuff down! You’re carrying burdens you don’t need to bear. Come to me, ‘ He invites, ‘all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest’ (Matthew 11:28).
If we let Him, God will lighten our loads.”
—Max Lucado in “Traveling Light”
You Never Did Let Go
As children bring their broken toys
with tears for us to mend,
I brought my broken dreams to God,
because He was my Friend.
But then, instead of leaving Him
in peace to work alone,
I hung around and tried to help
with ways that were my own.
At last I snatched them back and cried,
“How can You be so slow?”
“My child,” He said, “what could I do?
You never did let go.”
There is so much to ponder in this excerpt by Max Lucado and in the poem. I’m not sure if it’s the tendency to want to manage things ourselves, or to stay in control, but setting down that baggage and letting go of things we can’t do anything about, seem to be monumental tasks sometimes.
Beginning yet another new year, though, really makes me want to put more effort into setting down and letting go of excess and clutter–in many areas.
So what are YOUR thoughts?
Can you relate to these two devotional thoughts? Do you find it easy or challenging to set down baggage and let go of things?