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!

Paul Smyth