Do You Have a Trouble Suitcase?

teddy bear in suitcaseDo you have a trouble suitcase? A place you carry all your troubles and cares that becomes so heavy and burdensome, you can barely go on? Is casting all your cares on God and leaving them there, something you have a problem doing?

It is for me. And apparently, it was for Corrie Ten Boom as well. In her book, God is My Hiding Place, she tells the story of a time she spoke about her trouble suitcase in a church in Tokyo shortly after World War II.

As an object lesson, she carried a heavy suitcase into the room where she spoke. She struggled to lift the suitcase, and placed it on top of a table. She said she was carrying the heavy trouble suitcase, and mentioned her heart was like that until she read 1 Peter 5:7, which reminded her to cast all her cares on the Lord.

To demonstrate casting her cares on God, Corrie opened her trouble suitcase. One by one, she removed each item. With each item, she mentioned a particular care, burden, or worry she carried. In the end of her demonstration, she closed the empty suitcase. She pretended to walk out of the room, suitcase swinging lightly at her side.

After the meeting ended, Corrie refilled her suitcase with all the items she removed and left the building.

While she was in Berlin years later, a man approached Corrie. He was in the church where she spoke in Tokyo. He told her every time he heard her name, he thought of her trouble suitcase.

Corrie was flattered. She told the man she was glad he remembered what she said that night.

To that the man replied, “It wasn’t what you said that I remember. It was what you did. After you finished, you put all the objects back in the suitcase and walked out just as burdened as when you came in.”

Oh, my goodness. We do that, don’t we?

We empty our trouble suitcase at the feet of Jesus, then we repack that suitcase right back up, and walk away carrying the same heavy weight we came in with. We might come to Jesus in the morning, tell him all the things which weigh heavy on our heart; all the hurts, troubles, concerns, problems, and worries. Often, though, thoughts of those concerns sneak back into our mind before the day ends.

Sometimes they don’t sneak, they rush in like a torrent intent our sweeping us clear away.

At the end of Corrie’s devotion, she suggested those of us who unpack our trouble suitcase and hand over our heavy concerns only to pick them back up again, ask the Holy Spirit to teach us how to pray. Teach us how to leave those burdens in God’s faithful care once and for all.

We know Jesus is able to take all our burdens and lighten our load. He tells us to come to him, all who are weary, and he will give us rest.

Yes, Jesus will carry our burdens, but we need to bring them to him. When we do, we need to stop grabbing them back.

How about you? What do you do to keep from repacking your trouble suitcase once you’ve emptied it at Jesus’ feet?

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 Let him have all your worries and cares, for he is always thinking about you and watching everything that concerns you. 1 Peter 5:7

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I wish you well.

Sandy

Cast All Your Worries On Jesus

Guatemalan worry dollsSeveral years ago, I came upon a tiny woven bag which contained six even tinier woven dolls. Guatemalan worry dolls. Worry dolls (also called trouble dolls; in Spanish, Muñeca quitapena) are small, hand-made dolls that originate from Guatemala.

According to legend, Guatemalan children tell their worries to the Worry Dolls, placing them under their pillow when they go to bed at night. By morning the dolls have gifted them with the wisdom and knowledge to eliminate their worries. The worry dolls are made of wire, wool and colorful textile leftovers. The size of the dolls can vary between ½ inch to 2 inches.

The story of the worry doll is a local Mayan legend. The origin of the Muñeca quitapena refers to a Mayan princess named Ixmucane. The princess received a special gift from the sun god that allowed her to solve any problem a human could worry about. The worry doll represents the princess and her wisdom.

Although I’ve had plenty of worries since the day I purchased these dolls, I’ve never once needed to place them under my pillow at night. Why? Because the God who created the heavens and earth cares about me, just as he cares about you. He asks us to cast all our worries on him, for he is always, always, thinking about us, and watching everything that concerns us.

We do not need to limit when we tell Jesus about our concerns and worries to right before we go to sleep as with the Worry Dolls. We can cast all our cares on him 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, believing he hears, cares, and works on our behalf.

With the calm assurance Jesus hears and is working, we can safely rest at night and rise in the morning with the knowledge nothing reaches us that didn’t pass through Christ’s nail-pierced hands first. And when it reaches us, Jesus is right there beside us, walking through whatever it is with us.

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Let him have all your worries and cares, for he is always thinking about you and watching everything that concerns you. 1 Peter 5:7 (TLB)

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I wish you well.

Sandy

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Sunday Scriptures — Let Jesus Handle It

By Sandy Kirby Quandt

One year when I sent my accountant all the statements I thought he would need to prepare my taxes, I told him I hoped I’d given him everything in good order. He replied that no matter what I’d sent and how I’d prepared it, it would be better than the shoe boxes of receipts his mother handed him each year to sort through.

Mike’s mother had confidence in him to take everything she turned over, sort it all out, and make sense of the mess. She never worried about handing it to him in a neat package.

So I’m thinking…that’s exactly the way we need to depend on Jesus. We need to have confidence in him to take all our mess, all our heartache, all our failures and disappointments, sort it all out and make some sort of sense of it.

We don’t need to worry whether we’ve bundled up our worries, broken places, and hurts into a nice neat package for Jesus to look at.

Jesus is the professional. He’ll take what we give him, no matter how messy it is, sort through it, and make it all right.

We can count on it.

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Let him have all your worries and cares, for he is always thinking about you and watching everything that concerns you. 1 Peter 5:7 (TLB)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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