Luggage Full of Thoughts

by Araceli (Sally) Cardenas

by Araceli (Sally) Cardenas

Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.

(James 1:12 NIV)

I was waiting to board my plane, ready to return to Rome after a month’s stay in Texas for the summer, when I received a text that my flight would be delayed due to severe weather in Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW Airport). My niece Meagan was delighted. She was on her way to Dallas, too, to catch a connecting flight from New York.

When she arrived, she beamed with joy and excitement as if the delay had been something she had prayed for. She handed me a makeshift card and blurted out, “God is so real. I can’t wait for you to see what I got you from Central Park.” We parted ways, and I left Texas ready to read my card in flight. I opened the card, only to find a set of handmade drawings. The first card read:

“Apparently, God’s under the impression I can handle a lot… James 1:12”

I continued reading, and one line really struck a chord with me.

“I’m sure you are going back with a whole luggage full of thoughts, but I want to remind you to take your luggage and hand it over to God.”

I reread this sentence a couple of times. The words “a whole luggage full of thoughts” niggled at me. I wanted to respond to Meagan and add what about a whole luggage full of doubts? Full of concerns? Full of questions? I had recovered from COVID days before, but a few days of self-quarantine led me to wonder and question the road ahead and God’s plan and purpose for my life. I had been down this road before but being out for a few days with severe symptoms left me vulnerable to thoughts of doubt and defeat. I felt a nudge to keep reading, and in a single sentence, my beloved Meagan quoted scripture in her own words, “take your luggage and hand it over to God.” Her words were clear and concise, as if the Holy Spirit had penned those words to guide me. I just needed to take the first step. I made a mental list of everything I carried in my luggage and on my shoulders. I felt overwhelmed as I reread my list, but Meagan’s words were clear, “hand it over to God.”

In flight, I wrestled with letting go. I had a firmer grasp on my own luggage than God did, but Meagan’s words were eclipsed by Jesus’ invitation to “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”

Yes, my burdens had become so heavy, yet these words assured me of God’s presence and desire to be part of my story. He isn’t distant or asking me to pick and choose what to hand over. He is simply inviting me (and you!) to come to Him completely. But He goes one step further than either my niece or me can give one another, “I will give you rest.” Rest from the heaviness of carrying so much luggage, rest from the thoughts that keep me awake at night, and rest from every “what if” scenario I imagine ending in defeat.

As I sat on that plane, His comfort swept in. I envisioned lifting all my luggage and my carry-on bag and motioning upwards, handing over everything I carried to our Heavenly Father, knowing He goes before us. There isn’t anything hidden from Him. No list is too long or challenge too great for Him. He’s seen it all. He knows it all, and yet He invites us to trust in Him.

I held on to the card, knowing the delay at the airport served a divine purpose. The simplicity of Meagan’s words reminded me that we don’t do life alone and that our Heavenly Father travels with us, willing and able to carry our burdens when we surrender to His Word. Will you trust him with your own luggage?

Truth for Today

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28–30)

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  1. What a blessing it is to know that god will take our luggage no matter what it holds . Thank you for sharing!♥️

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    • Yes, He will, Irma. Thank you, Irma, for leading Bible study every Thursday. My beloved niece, Jackie, is blessed to count on all of you!

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  2. Just when you thought you had a mishap, God shows up with His grace. God continues to amaze me everyday. Blessings my friend!

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    • Yes, He did! He always shows up! Blessings my friend from Rome, Araceli

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