“Don’t Pick Up The Baggage”

She wakes before dawn and immediately gauges how she feels mentally and physically. Before her feet reach the floor, she prays for God to give her strength for the day, to fill in the weak places and direct her steps. She rises and heads to the kitchen for a drink of water. On the way, anxiety about the day ahead start to creep and she picks it up like a backpack and slings it over her shoulder. She walks to the bathroom to get ready and one glance in the mirror brings insecurities and self-doubt to the surface, so she straps them on too. Breakfast is made and lunches packed but as she starts to leave, worry and doubt wait by the door like a beat up old suitcase. She grabs the handle and lugs them along with all she is already carrying. The trunk of her car holds negative thinking so she pulls it out like a oversized duffle bag and makes sure to cart it around with her through the day. Her mind was so weighed down that there wasn’t much room left for peace, patience, goodness, faithfulness and self control –  the fruits of the spirit.

The words she prayed upon waking have been taken back like a broken promise. They were said with good intentions but the worries were too big, too real and maybe God wasn’t listening. Maybe He didn’t plan to move quickly enough with her requests. Maybe she thought she was far more capable than He. She quickly realized what a foolish thought that was.

God never intended for us to bear the load alone. I’m pretty sure He never intended for us to bear it at all if we have complete trust and faith in Him and His abilities. I once read that worrying to the point of causing ourselves torment is like doing the devil’s job for him. Why would he have to work so hard to make us miserable when we’re doing a fine job of it ourselves?

1 Peter 5:6 starts by saying “Humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God”. Humble yourselves. This means we need to drop ourselves down a notch (or six) and stop thinking that we are more capable of handling life’s problems than the One who created us. Worry is like saying to God “Sorry but I just don’t think I can trust You to handle this”. I don’t know about you but to me, that’s a pretty arrogant statement. One I’ve been guilty of saying far too many times.

Don’t pick up the baggage. Leave it in God’s capable hands.

“And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.”

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