Pack Only for Today

“Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes."

~Matthew 6:34, The Message

Summer days at our house seem to require a lot of different bags, mostly backpacks. Currently hanging in my laundry room--and littering the floor--are two swim team backpacks, a pool bag for me, a pool bag for Macy, and the kids' school backpacks that have been repurposed for their various day camps. Each new camp sends a message with different requirements about what to pack. Last Friday, Trey had to take a garbage bag on a trip to St. Mary's Glacier, so they could slide down the snowfield at the end of the day. He did not need a garbage bag any other day, just Friday, because that was glacier day.

Hearing the zipper close on his backpack that day made me think that God packs a similar bag for me each day, too. When I wake up in the morning, He already knows what will be coming my way. He's packed my bag with the patience, strength, finances, snacks and kindness that I will need for that one day. As I go about my day using those resources, the bag gets lighter and lighter, till I lay my head on my pillow and have nothing I need to carry to bed with me. The next morning, I wake up and receive the next carefully, lovingly packed bag.

Too often, I insist on carrying more packs than is necessary. Today's bag is on my back, but tomorrow's is strapped to my chest, the weekend's provisions on each arm, and maybe some extra burdens are strapped to my legs like ankle weights. I'm not agile, my vision field isn't clear, my load is too heavy. I'm too distracted balancing all my packs to see those in my path, oblivious to the burden of others. That isn't the intention.

What freedom could be found, what joy, if I could travel lightly? Secure the straps on today's bag and believe I have just what I need, trusting what I have been given to carry for only this day.

"I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” ~Matthew 11:30, The Message