Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. – Matthew 11:28
It was an interesting scenario as I stood in the check-in line at the airport. A man ahead of us was told that his bag was too heavy. He decided to open it and rearrange things, as it looked like everything had been thrown in. After neatly folding everything, the suitcase shut more easily, but when he put it on the scales, there was no difference in weight of course.
The agent told him that he just couldn’t take it all without paying an additional fee. He opened the suitcase by a trashcan and began throwing away articles until he got to an acceptable weight. Finally under the limit, he checked the suitcase and proceeded to the gate.
Watching this unfold led me to a spiritual parallel. Most of us are overloaded with all sorts of things, most of which are in a state of disarray. Sometimes we think that we can reorganize more neatly and our burdens will go away. But, we find that we are still on overload, but in a more organized overload.
What we really need is to unload some of the junk, worries, cares and burdens from our life. The Bible tells us where to start. “Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.” (I Peter 5:7). Notice this verse doesn’t say just enough to get under the weight limit. It says to give all of our worries and cares to God.
“Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.” Psalm 55:22