I am not fond of overhearing conversations, but this one I could not escape from. I was right behind the troubled lady in the check-in counter and the airport personnel behind the counter, while polite, was firm.
“Sorry, ma’am” he said, “you have excess baggage. Either you pay extra or you just have to leave some of your things behind”.
The lady was fidgety, “But I need those things. And the ATM machine is offline. I can’t…” Her voice faded in total resignation. Near tears, she mustered one final appeal, “If I can find someone to take on my luggage for me, will I get to board?”
That was all I needed to hear. I stepped forward from behind her and said, “Ma’am, I only have one hand carry baggage. I can accommodate your excess baggage in my baggage accommodations.”
She turned to me with an incredulous look, perhaps trying to see if I look familiar or if the offer was genuine. I smiled. She gasped, “Really, sir? Will you?”. I turned to the airport personnel, “Place her excess baggage weight on my baggage capacity. Will that be enough?” The airport personnel shrugged his shoulders, “More than enough, sir… Ma’am,” he turned to her, “you may now board the plane.”
I remember this experience as I reflected today on the state of my soul. Just like her, I, too, have a lot of excess baggage in my life. With the weight of my sins, I know I will not be allowed to board the plane for the journey to heaven. But just like her, I, too, have a Deliverer. Every time heaven’s doors are about to be shut close before my face, He steps forward and offers to take on my excess baggage. He comes. He rescues. He saves. And with pierced hands he always offers, “Be brave, Child. Let me carry the weight of your sins for you.”
He does it for you, too, my friend.
When cancer knocks on your door…When debts pile up…When relationships turn sour…When the future looks bleak…When the pain becomes unbearable…When tears are about to fall or when they refuse to dry up….All you have to do is turn to Him, your Deliverer.
Scriptures says: “He personally carried our sins in his body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. By his wounds you are healed.” (1Peter 2:24)
He can accommodate your burdens, endure your hardships, bear your pains and take on your guilt. And He does that to you now as you read this.
With pierced hands he offers, “Be brave, Child, Let me carry that burden for you!” Go ahead, give it all to Him. He is your Deliverer.
For only with His merits can you freely board the plane.