Come as You are

These past two weeks John and I have been traveling non stop and will continue to until the end of September. I started thinking about living out of a suitcase for the next four to six weeks and became overwhelmed with what to pack and how much to pack. We have a couple days in between trips and I already know I’m going to be exhausted. 

Before packing, I started checking online what the weight limit is for carryons. I usually look like a goof at the airport with my luggage, purse, camera bag, etc. I’m hobbling around the airport with so many things and it weighs down on my lil’ body. My shoulders start to ache because the straps are digging in and my back starts feeling sore from standing in airport lines lugging around heavy bags.

This is what it feels like to carry baggage around; past hurts, current pains, let downs, broken hearts, messy families — anything you can think of that’s weighing on your heart. 

But unlike the baggage check-in point, there is no weight limit when you go to check in your baggage to Jesus. He doesn’t say, “sorry, you’ve got too much” or “you’ll have to fix it on your own” or “unload it first and then you can come to me.” 

Instead He tells us to lay it all out and He will give us rest and healing. I've experienced so much healing and freedom this year. Jesus has taken away pain from my past, healed my; physically, mentally, and emotionally, has restored my hope, given me peace, and continues to remind me that the only thing I'm defined by is what He did for me on the cross.

Jesus says your baggage is welcome here and there is no limit. He takes our brokenness and our wounds, and fixes it piece by piece and day by day and continues to give us grace and the strength.

"And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him." - Hebrews 11:6

"Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." - Matthew 11:28

If you're reading this, I'm praying for you friend. Praying that God heals you, reveals Himself more to you and that you will feel and experience His unconditional love. 

Julia Mann