The trappings of lifestyle are often that; traps.  ~ Thomas Leonard

Sweetheart’s daddy gave us a good “talking to” while we were home for the weekend.  It was one of those talks where he had something on his heart that he knew we needed in our own hearts.

Our first over-the-fishing-hole trip is coming soon.  From time to time, our planning gets us “all in a dither” concerning things from flight plans right down to how to get a bath.  I’m so short-visioned that I always think we’re talking about right now.  But his lesson for us that late evening wasn’t just for this first little journey, but for a lifetime.

Oh!  I’d like to give you transcript of that whole thing – starting where we settled down Indian-style on the air mattress all the way through to the goodnights thirty minutes later, but I won’t.  I’ll give you the heart of the lesson instead.  It’s about what we take with us; no, it’s about faith and dependence on God.

“What you take with you are called your trappings,” he said.  I stopped in the very middle of his speaking to dig out a pen and scribble down the thought as it formed a play on words in my head.  I could see the literal burdens of what we carried bringing up a greater hardship than leaving them behind altogether.  “Travel light – travel far,” he confirmed what I was thinking.  Less is more, right?  Yes, that confirmed it – pack less and I’ll be just fine.  My thoughts got quiet as my short-visioned self heard the rest, “Travel light – travel far.  When you travel light with the things of the world, you can travel far with the Lord.”

Corrie ten Boom traveled far and wide with just a bag.  The disciples traveled lightly too when Jesus sent them out: “And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick.  And he said unto them, Take nothing for your journey, neither staves, nor scrip, neither bread, neither money; neither have two coats apiece… And they departed, and went through the towns, preaching the gospel, and healing every where.” (Luke 9:3,4&6)

I can’t help but wonder how the disciples’ mission trip would have gone if they had decided not to heed the word of the Lord.  When you travel so lightly, on a trip or in a lifetime, your dependence must be in the Lord.

Are you trappings trapping you, or are you travelling freely in the provision of the Lord?


Ennis Hands

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