If you've ever owned a backpack, then you know how useful they can be for storing and transporting items. For a student, they carry books, maybe a computer, pencils and paper. For a hiker, they hold provisions and outdoor necessities. My wife wears a small backpack instead of a purse. And I can attest to the fact that she has more doodads inside than Mary Poppins ever had.
I don't own a backpack, at least not
one you can touch, see and wear. But I do own an invisible backpack, one
that I unintentionally stuff with worry, fear, and other daily issues
that ransack my thinking. I have even taken on things that don't belong
to me, so I even further clutter my backpack. Perhaps your invisible
backpack is full with concerns over work or lack thereof, worries over
loved ones, financial or health issues.
As believers in Jesus,
he teaches us, "Don't worry about anything, but pray about
everything. With thankful hearts offer up your prayers and requests to
God." (Philippians 4:6 CEV)
It's not always easy to empty
our virtual backpacks at the feet of Jesus. But we must do just that,
every single day. How? It's simple. We unzip our chock-full backpacks
and lay at the foot of the cross all the rubbish we cram inside. We pray
and ask our Savior to carry it all.
When my daughter attended
University, her real backpack was typically stuffed full with textbooks,
so much so that I worried about the toll it could have on her petite
frame. Often times I wished I could have lightened her load and help
carry some of her burden. Where am I going with this you might ask?
This is what Jesus wants to do for us! He wants to remove all the
junk we have in our virtual backpacks if we'll only let him. He loves
sending us on our way with lighter hearts and a song of praise on our
lips. So here's what to do...
Before you crawl into bed each
night, ask Jesus to empty your backpack.
"Give your burdens
to the Lord, and he will take care of you. He will not permit the Godly
to slip and fall." (Psalms 55:22 NLT)
Then sleep peacefully
my friend, because Jesus is carrying your load!