So I was pleasantly surprised when my husband told me he wrote something and told me to put it on this blog. He also gave me permission to edit as I deemed fit which was awesome. So the post you are about to read is written primarily by Bez Idakula with a few additions from me. His analogy about travelling light is so spot on. When you are on a journey, the baggage you carry can sometimes determine how quickly you reach your destination. A lot of the baggage we carry are emotional and one of the heaviest is unforgiveness. It creates a burden that holds you back from reaching where you are supposed to get to. So instead of letting it weigh you down and slowing you down, do what Jesus asked us to do: “Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” I pray this post helps you to realise that you can be free in Christ and you choose to travel light.
In 2008, I took 22 bus trips between Enugu and Lagos. I wouldn’t tell you why, but let’s just say I wanted to chase my dreams in Lagos, but had to deal with very important things in Enugu, lol. I didn’t have a lot of money so I had to wake up early and be at Jibowu, Yaba by 5:30 am to board Peace Mass Transit. It was one of the cheapest, about 1,250 naira and for an eight hour-long journey, I had to get the best seats.
Loading the bus with your luggage is the most difficult part, if you had heavy bags, you would pay extra money. Money I didn’t have. So I would travel very light. I would take a pair of jeans and some shirts and just use one pair of shoes. This made my life so easy because by the time I landed in Enugu, a bike would take me to my place of abode (yes abode) very easily, without hassle.
Fast-forward to today, and the same concept applies to my international travels. Anyone who has travelled through Lagos and back knows about the burden of a lot of luggage. From ‘Oga buy padlock’, to Customs and NDLEA search, to shrink wrapping to secure your goods; the endless hurdles of having a lot of luggage is quite stressful. You may have to wait at least two hours for your bags to appear when you get back into Lagos. So once again, I travel light, mostly with a hang luggage and my guitar. Small bottles of perfume and a stick deodorant always solve the liquids and sprays carrying problem for me. By the time I land Lagos, I’m gliding out of that airport in minutes and off to my next thing, which may just be to chill.
Now, wetin concern my travel habits with your life? I would tell you. We all have one thing in common that we carry. BAGGAGE. They come in different sizes, shapes, colour, content, designs and even reasons why we NEED to carry them. They go with us everywhere we go and they can often slow down our lives. So many people carry the baggage of unforgiveness and grudges in their heart, which is a Huge ‘’DO NOT DISTURB’’ sign for blessings that wish to knock on your door.
Jesus is saying, “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…” (Matthew 11:28) He is saying you don’t need all that baggage. He is asking you to release that baggage to him.
Have you ever noticed people with a lot of baggage trying to navigate through the airport, I find them overwhelming to watch and it’s the same with life. The baggage literally weighs you down; you can’t even look up to see what great things are ahead because you are constantly checking all that baggage. I mean I know how I feel after carrying a lot of things at once and I get to drop them all. The RELIEF is amazing. I feel so free and light, like I can conquer the world (lol.. you get my point).
Many people may think; ‘’look at this dude, carrying just a small bag, what if he needs clothes for an extra day? What if he needs to buy things? Is he sure he took all he needs for this trip and extra for a rainy day?’’ But that’s the thing: Jesus is saying, the burdens of carrying a small bag and the yoke of what may happen if you don’t have enough things is LIGHTER than carrying things you do not need. The point is this: You will never regret carrying that lighter bag but you will regret carrying a bunch of extra stuff you won’t use.
So many of us think it makes us foolish if we forgive, I mean: “they did me wrong!” “I lost my job because of them”, “my life turned out a mess because of them”, “I couldn’t go to school because of them”, “I had to be on a wheel chair because of them” and so much more. These things are PAINFUL and HURTFUL, BUT for every time a believer of God goes through a hard time, God has promised a restoration. He would refine you like gold (google that story). However, that restoration won’t come if there is a ‘’DO NOT DISTURB’’ sign on the door.
It’s like a hotel. The cleaner won’t come in to clean your room if you put a “do not disturb” sign on the door. If you want your room cleaned, you have to take down the sign. In this case, you have to let go of the unforgiveness, the grudge, the bitterness, the anger, the resentment and everything else that is blocking God from coming in to your heart to start restoring you to a state of wholeness, making you who he planned for you to be. The same way, when the cleaner comes into your hotel room, they remove the junk, the mess, they scrub, they clean to a point of restoration and you see a nice and clean room.
Yes you have been wronged, that can never be disputed, but your response is what will disable or enable your restoration. Are you going to take down the sign or not? It isn’t always easy to just take down the sign but that is why you take it to Jesus and leave it at his feet. Confess to him that it is painful and you are hurt, ask him to take all that baggage and exchange it with his freedom. It doesn’t have to be something you do alone, the Holy Spirit is willing and able to help you. If you will just take down the “do not disturb sign” and let him in.
We’re on a journey. Travel light.