Have you ever been to the airport and the ticket collector said, “I am sorry but you are overweight?” Naturally they were not talking about your physical weight, but about your luggage that you were checking in for your flight. I was in that situation once, my carry on luggage was too heavy while my checked in luggage was too light. I informed the ticket collector that I would switch some of my belongings around, but she replied that it was too late to do so, as I had to board the airplane immediately.
She informed me that I would have to pay and extra $53.00 or I would miss my flight. I tried to reason with her to waive the fee, and informed her that my total weight was below the allowable amount, but she would not waver as it was the carry on luggage that was too heavy. I had no choice but to pay the extra money or miss my flight.
As you can well imagine, I was angry not only with the ticket collector but with myself, for not allowing more time to get to the airport and packing appropriately. I could have remained angry and focused on my loss, but then chose to ask the Lord to restore my peace. As I sat there waiting to take off, I began to dwell on the reason for my going away at that time, as I was already missing my son who had driven me to the airport.
I was heavily burdened; I was carrying around a lot of excess baggage, baggage that not one of us was meant to carry. As the plane lifted high above the earth and blended in with the sky, I thought of the plane and all the luggage that it was carrying, even though the plane was so heavy, it was able to soar above the weight and defy the gravity that keeps us bound to the earth. Then the realization dawned on me between the difference of the plane and many of us. The plane provides a service for us by carrying us and all our luggage to another destination, but then the plane leaves all of its baggage at a final destination, unlike many of us – we do not leave our baggage at one destination, but we carry it from place to place. Sometimes we leave some of it and other times we pick up more of it, never being completely free of burdens that we were never meant to carry.
As I was reflecting on this, I remembered the Scripture in Matthew 11:28-30, when Jesus invited all that were heavy laden to come unto Him, for His burden was light and His yoke was easy. But do we accept this invitation? Do we take the time to take our heavy burdens to the Lord? Or do we choose to carry around our excess luggage? You may ask the question, what excess luggage do we carry around? That of anger, hate, bitterness, unforgiveness, pain etc. You see, I had checked in some of my luggage, but I had to pick it up at the end of my flight, as it was luggage that I needed. There is only one place that we can leave our excess luggage and be free from it, and that is at the cross of Calvary, only then can we be truly free and enjoy a light burden and a light yoke!
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