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By taking to the road, we free ourselves of luggage, both physically and psychological. We walk back to our original condition, to our best selves. – Robyn Davidson

Odds are, you have luggage in your hands right now. Somewhere your first step out of bed this morning and your last step out the door, you picked up some overstuffed bags. You stepped over to the luggage carousel and loaded up. Don’t remember doing so? You don’t remember doing so? Perhaps you did it without thinking and the carousel is not the one at the airport; it’s the one in your mind.

The bag that we carry around is not made out of leather; they’re made out of burdens. A suitcase of guilt or a sack of discontentment. You hang a bag of weariness on the one shoulder and a hanging bag of grief on the other. Add on a backpack of doubt, and an overnight bag of loneliness. No wander you are so tired at the end of the day. Carrying that entire luggage is so exhausting.

Many of us have been carrying our burden-laden luggage for so long, the handles have left permanent marks on the palms of our hands but letting go is not easy.

We often feel if we leave these familiar burdens behind, we will lose a part of ourselves, a part of what makes us who we are. Our fear, our guilt, or uncertainty over what’s going to happen next, our beliefs that have kept us sheltered and safe.

Let me invite you to the privilege of waiting on the Lord. As Isaiah 40:28 reminds us, God never grows weary. His wisdom never runs out. His power, His might, and His truth are available and accessible to his children. You don’t need to walk another step with that load of fear, guilt, bitterness or confusion.

Check your carry-on luggage and surrender it to him and then seek His wisdom to strengthen and direct you.

Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. Isaiah 40:28

Written by Dr Charisse le Roux