Baggage is something we all carry. I’m not referring to a suitcase. I’m talking about emotional baggage. Heavy burdens that come in all shapes and sizes. These things can become very cumbersome to carry, weighing us down to the point of stifling us. Most of us have spent awhile collecting these things. The load can get so heavy at times we have to stop right where we are, taking a moment to rest and readjust the weight. Other times we try and seek relief with things like alcohol, drugs, food, shopping or even relationships; but that isn’t healthy and it only gives us temporary relief; the key word is temporary. We find moving forward with our lives and making healthy decisions difficult, when all we can really think about is this giant load we’re dragging around and the pain we feel. It can be exhausting.
We also carry small pieces of baggage. You know, the ones other people can’t see but we know they’re there. We do a good job hiding them so nobody sees us carrying them. Sometimes our pockets get so full, nothing else will fit. We walk around uncomfortable all the time afraid someone might get a glimpse of what we’re trying so hard to hide.
And lastly, the baggage we didn’t realize we were still carrying. We’ve gotten so used to the way it feels we sort of forgot all about it. Then we run into someone we haven’t seen for a while and we’re thrown into a situation that takes us back to a place, in our mind, we thought we would never go again. Then the issue suddenly rears its ugly head.
If any of these scenarios sound like you and you’re tired of carrying this heavy load, look no further, I have an answer for you. A permanent solution. The same man who carried a heavy cross up Calvary’s mountain, can and will carry your baggage. Jesus doesn’t care who you are. He doesn’t care where you’ve been and He doesn’t care what you have done. The amazing thing is He loves us and He WANTS to do this for you. Most importantly- He gave up His life, to do this for you.
In John Chapter 4, we read about Jesus meeting the woman at the well. She could not understand why he was talking with her and asking her for a drink of water; she was a Samaritan and Jews didn’t associate with Samaritans. Jesus didn’t care, He was offering her a new way of life. Regardless of who she was and regardless of what she had done.
Verses 16-18 Read as follows, He told her, “Go, call your husband and come back. I have no husband,” she replied. Jesus said to her, “You are right when you say you have no husband. The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.”
This woman was no doubt carrying baggage. After 5 relationships that had ended for one reason or another. Her baggage may have been getting pretty heavy. But God…..
Our Heavenly Father doesn’t care where we’ve been, He cares where we are headed and how we feel while we get there.
If you are carrying around a heavy load, stop…… He will meet you right where you are and you can lay it at His feet. If you have concealed baggage let God reach in and take it away. You’re secret pocket where you carry around the things you hide from the world; is no secret to Him…..Give Him permission to reach in and He will take it. And, ask Him to reveal all your hidden baggage. You may not even realize you’re still hauling it around.
The Bible says in Matthew 11:28 (NKJV), Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. The definition of heavy-laden is 1. Loaded with great weight. And 2. Burdened with grievous cares.
And 1 Peter 5:7 (NLT) says, Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.
What happened to the woman at the well? She believed and received. She accepted His offer of living water and handed over her burdens. And in verses 39-42 we read, Many Samaritans from the village believed in Jesus because the woman had said, “He told me everything I ever did!” When they came out to see him, they begged him to stay in their village. So he stayed for two days, long enough for many more to hear his message and believe. Then they said to the woman, “Now we believe, not just because of what you told us, but because we have heard him ourselves. Now we know that he is indeed the Savior of the world.”
Jesus paid the price for our sins; He paid for our freedom. Don’t we owe it to Him to stop trying to live our life on our own and allow Him to have His way……
He carried the cross. He can carry your baggage!!!
Cindy Montgomery, New Beginnings Outreach Ministries