baggage
It was March 1 and I stood in baggage claim at the airport. i had just thrown my whole life into a bag and had set off on a new adventure. I was standing there patiently watching suitcase after suitcase rise from the belly of the building and slip onto the conveyer belt.i watched everyone elses come around, some three or four times.. But not mine, not even once.

I watched as people grabbed their bags. Some smiled. Others frowned as they picked up the weight. More simply dashed for the door, on to the next thing. And I remained.

I thought to myself, "But I NEED that bag. It belongs to me. I won't be myself without it. I planned. I packed. I checked off lists. It has to come."

Sometimes it feels as if our hearts are standing around waiting at the baggage claim too. Waiting for our dreams--that suitcase where we've packed up our hopes, stored away our fears, put the plan we envision for our lives--and the belt turns and turns.

Then I think of what Jesus shared with his disciples when he sent them out, "Take no bag for the journey" (Matt. 10:10). Take no bag...in other words, leave behind what makes us feel self-sufficient, hand over our plans, release those dreams. Go empty-handed for only then can He put into our hands (and heart) what we really need and more than we could have imagined.

And not just what we need but what others we'll meet on our journey really need too. Earlier in the chapter...Freely you have received, freely give (Matt. 10:8).

My bag finally came that day.

And as for the one I carry around on the inside, I'm finally learning to check it with Jesus. It sure makes the load lighter.

 Shani
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Alison Stewart

Another gem! Thank you for this wonderful blog my frienAnd as for the one I carry around on the inside, I'm finally learning to check it with Jesus. It sure makes the load lighter.

And as for the one I carry around on the inside, I'm finally learning to check it with Jesus. It sure makes the load lighter

Amen!

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Susan Cope

So often I have laid things at His feet and then turn back to see what He is doing with it :) He does a much better job at carrying things than I do.
Such a blessing it is to know you!
Hugs to you
Lily

Maria Abigail Guevarra

Beautiful blog!
Thanks for sharing this with us! :)

It really is great to receive from the LORD revelations from everyday occurrences in life..
To see GOD's hand at work in our heart and in our lives.
To hear His voice teaching us from a sight that had been usual to us. :)

:flower:Blessings,
Abbie

Beth+

:clap: great blog, shani. Great message, yours and the youtube one. Thanks for sharing it. :clap:

Kirk M+

Incredibly moving blog and video. Thank you for putting it up here for us all, men included.
Thank you.
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