Where’s Your Baggage?


My husband traveled all over the USA, Canada, Europe, Asia. I could not count the many trips to the airport to pick him up. I arranged to meet him in baggage claim many times. As I waited I watched people as they claimed baggage. It was quite entertaining.  Baggage claim; if the luggage could talk, oh the stories they could tell. 

There are SO many bags: baggage claim

  All shapes

  All sizes

  All weights

Some are:

    Worn

    Ugly

    Damaged

    Lost

Through the years I made mental notes and realized many people’s lives are like baggage claim. All they gathered and carried on their journey just kept getting heavier and heavier.

A few years ago,  when our son-in-law returned overseas, one of the bags he was carrying was lost.   According to the airlines, it  never left the airport here.  Weeks went by and still no one found the bag.  The theory is, the tag got torn off on the belt going down from the ticketing area to the sorting area for planes.  It would have been thoughtful for the airport employee at the end of the belt to mark that bag with date, time and belt. That have helped locate it, might not.  It is still missing.

So, when our daughter and granddaughters followed weeks later with their baggage, I decided to treat their bags like I do packages here in the states.  I typed up a LARGE piece of paper stating:  “LUGGAGE DESTINATION” name and address, and laid it on top before closing each bag.  We do not know if that worked because none got lost.   Maybe it helped keep them together. The lost bag ended up in a pile somewhere. Long forgotten.

Unlike our traveling baggage, we often carry our life’s baggage around daily. Piling it on day after day until weighted down we cannot function at all.    All the regrets, the what ifs, and only ifs, they load us down.  It would be nice if our baggage tags were just torn off and baggage was lost. That just does not happen in real life.  It seems to be indelibly marked with our name.  Sometimes we set the baggage down but, hold on to the tickets and go back and pick it up later.   We never learn.  The only tag on our baggage, inside and out, should read:  “Destination Jesus”.

Give HIM your tickets and let HIM carry your baggage.

Psalm 55:22 ( NASB) Cast your burden upon the LORD and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.”

Matthew 11:28 (NLT) “Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.”

What are you still carrying? You were never meant to bear your burdens. “Give Them All To Jesus”.

Renee’ Green Copyright 2013

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