Do not take a purse or bag or sandals; and do not greet anyone on the road.
Pictured above are my husband, Danny's, and my suitcases which we've retrieved from the downstairs closet in preparation for our trip to Jekyll Island, Georgia, for Danny's 40th high school reunion. They are about the same size, the same weight, and practically the same color. Danny's, however, has a tremendous advantage.
He doesn't pack like a woman . . .
Okay, ladies, before you take offence here, let's be honest. How many of you could pack everything you needed for a both casual and dressy occasion in this sized suitcase? For me, it's impossible.
To begin with, I have to bring extra shirts and pants. Who knows when that drip of coffee or that splash of mustard will attack my clothing? Calling for a change into something fresh?
And, then, there is my new dress for Saturday evening's dinner and dance.
No way am I cramming this beauty into a case with jeans and T-shirts! It will have to lay flat on the back seat of the car.
Oh, and I simply must take my over-sized, fluffy bathrobe.
I wouldn't dream of hanging out on our hotel balcony in just my jammies. Heaven forbid!
Then, there is make up, special shampoo and conditioner, hand lotion, toothbrush and paste, contacts, comb, brush, dress shoes, beach shoes, slippers, hat, sunscreen . . .
You get the picture.
I'm so afraid I'll forget something; I even make a list of must-have items so I can check them off as I pack. The last thing I want to do on this fun and busy weekend is to have to run by a Wal-mart to replace an item left at home.
And, poor Danny wonders how he'll cram everything into the car . . .
While it is necessary to bring the material things we need with us when we go on vacation, Jesus reminds us in today's scripture that our spiritual walk with Him should be anything but burdened.
No purse. No bag. No sandals . . .
Traveling light. In His light.
For He has shouldered all our fears, our worries, our cares. Freed us from the bonds of sin and death.
And, we find joy in the journey.
Because, our Lord Jesus walks with us.
What baggage are you still toting on your spiritual journey?
Will you pray with me?
We thank You, Father, for vacations; times when we can escape the hustle and bustle of our daily lives and simply relax. Make us ever mindful to not let material things weigh us down or distract us from focusing on You. May we ever find joy in the journey knowing Your precious Son, Christ Jesus, is walking with us. Amen.
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