Many of us love to travel, set our feet on a realm that is new to us and of course, uncover the hidden beauty of a place. Just the idea of it awakens our inner excitement and the act of being right there brings forth a feeling of lightness with incomparable joy.
In the real sense, our travels are daily, and surprisingly we unwillingly want to travel light. Our mind and heart are two carriers which carry excessive and unnecessary baggage. Every aircraft carrier has its specific payload. It should not carry more than the capacity prescribed. Otherwise, it could crash at any given time. We sometimes don’t realize that we are carrying overloads of baggage everyday. We aren’t afraid to crash. Plainly hearing that person’s name would cause ounces of your blood to rise and heat up your brain. Just a thought of that person who broke your heart causes you to plant revenge and find every possibility of giving misery and even curses. Our worries about finances are a never- ending daily cycle. Our loneliness took away our joy. Our failures lessen our self-confidence level and our regrets make us feel so busted in life. We continue to hold on to the past and unforgiveness dwells in our hearts. These are just examples of baggage that we don’t want to let go. Travelling light doesn’t mean no pain, no anger, no loneliness, no regrets, no worries and no failures. It neither exempts us to sense these feelings. All of us has a fair share of these downfall-causing feelings but our challenge is how to carry ourselves out of these hunchback making diseases and travel light daily.
The Pool of Bethesda (a pool associated with healing) in the book of John was surrounded with a great number of disabled. One person was there and remained invalid for 38 long years. Jesus asked him if he wanted to get well and he answered that he had no one to put him into the pool when the water was stirred. So others got there ahead of him. Jesus told him ” Get up! pick up your mat and walk!” Immediately, he got cured, picked up his mat and walked.
In the same way, we are like this disabled man. Certain situations incapacitated us but we are not very willing to find what heals us. We feel and acknowledge that sickness, but we continuously let it stay in us until our whole system is fully affected. We always justify earthly reasons to oppose what is heavenly. Are we going to waste 38 years too? Willingness to heal should necessarily come from us. We cannot just wait and see. They say time heals but I say Jesus heals and its span of time depends on you. While in that situation, we can do PAIN to hasten your healing process.
Our negative feelings are not like wine that the longer we preserve the more delicious it gets. Sadly, it is the other way around, so instead of preserving your pain, offer it before God and do your part. Tear your shackles away . The Bible says “Come to me, all of you who are weary and loaded down with burdens and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28)