“Do not remember the former things, Nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness And rivers in the desert.
Isaiah 43:18-19 NKJV
I believe that I am one of the greatest packers of all time. Now this has nothing to do with packing lightly but I guarantee you I will have everything I need and everything I don't. I hate being unprepared. I hate getting somewhere and not having something that I need. This causes me to have 2 and 3 bags when I'm literally going 10miles away. Oh bag lady Mel, maybe you aren't the greatest packer of all time =/
This morning when I woke up the first thought was, “I need to start packing a little lighter.” Every time I go somewhere I'm weighed down with the worries of what I might need. When I leave the house with just a purse I'm anxious because what if I have downtime and can get work done or what if I need a change of clothes? Issues I know.
But God showed me that a lot of us are mentally, emotionally, and physically packing all this stuff that we don't need as we walk out the house everyday. We are packing guilt, pain, fear, and confusion and placing it on our backs causing
us to miss out on the pleasures of the day. Some of us are working so hard to prepare for the challenges we might face that we fail to rest in the moment with God and let Him lead us in every step we take. We continue to hold on to that relationship, that job, those vices even though we know they are causing the greatest sense of stress in our lives.
We are packing negative memories from the past in the depths of our bellies and allowing them to hinder making positive memories in the present. We are packing the truths of our past relationships and taking them into our new ones and unloading unhealthy interactions, expectations, and criticisms in them. We are harboring past rejection and failures and towing them into our now causing us to no longer feel worthy of or that we are capable of moving forward.
Today God is asking for you to begin to unpack. Unpack the bags of mistrust, hurt, anger, fear, worry, depression, and spite. Leave them with Him as you travel to your next location. There are things He wants to impart in you, things He wants to give you but you won't let go of the unnecessary baggage. You can't handle it all and not fold under the weight. Let some of it go and trust Him to lead you into a healthy place. A place that is much lighter than you've felt in years. Unpack your bags. Go to Him and let Him teach you how. He wants to do a new thing with you but can you trust Him enough to let go of the old first?
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Melanie N. Lee
I just REALLY love Jesus!!!
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