You can’t just hop on a plane and take whatever you want.
There are weight limits.
There are lists of what you can and cannot pack.
There are rules and regulations. For your safety. For the safety of others.
And so you think about your destination and you pack wisely. You pack carefully. You read over the lists and remove what simply cannot go with you. Because you know. You know they are going to be checking your bags.
And before we fly headlong into this new year, I sense the Father calling us to pause. I sense Him asking us to let Him “check our bags” before we move into 2016…
- Because we may be carrying some things that are just too heavy for us. Worries and fears and burdens we need to release to Him.
- Because we may be carrying things the Word clearly tells us to let go of. Things like bitterness and pride, selfishness and unforgiveness. Thoughts and attitudes that are harmful to us and to those traveling with us.
- Because we may be trying to pack too much into our lives. Activities that are technically “good,” but we need to acknowledge that the season for those things is simply and quite honestly over.
- And because the enemy may be trying to sneak a few things into our “bags.” Lies we need the Lord to shine a light on and help us pull right out – making sure they don’t travel with us into the new year.
May we take some time this week to sit down with the Lord and allow Him to “check our bags.” He knows where we are going. He knows what we need. He loves us and the people traveling with us.
And we can trust Him.
We can trust His heart toward us and His plans for us as He unpacks and then repacks our bags.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
Blessings, dear friends. May this new year be a year free of a lot of the same old baggage!