Baggage: Part II
Do you ever get claustrophobic? You know, when a room suddenly feel smaller then you and the air comes to a dull stop? I do in crowded spaces like malls, concerts, and grocery stores, but I also get claustrophobic when it’s just me, just me and all the boxes full of baggage stacked like people on a subway. Do you know what I mean? You’re alone, no one is there, yet somehow there is no room for you amidst all the traffic inside your body. How do we began to clear the room, and the baggage that has covered the windows to our soul?
The Latin word claustrum means a shut in place, and the Greek word phóbos means fear. The scriptures even refer to this phóbos throughout the bible. Hebrews 2:15 says that, “those who through fear (phóbos) of death were subject to slavery all there lives. Romans 8:15 says, “you have not received a spirit of fear leading to slavery, but have received a spirit of adoption.” The phóbos is real, the freedom of God is also very real. This fear can be crippling, confining, and isolating. How do we break free and live out the spaciousness that God has called us into?
A therapist might recommend going through each box and discerning what baggage needs to go in order too clear the room. I’m not so sure about this. Some baggage isn’t meant to be opened up, rather labeled ‘good riddance,’ sent out to sea, and set on fire with a sword through it. Some baggage should be put through the shredder, recycled, and forgotten, and some baggage should be sent back to the person who delivered it in the first place. Other times, baggage should be opened, grieved over, and forgiven. When we release our baggage, we release our bondage, our burden, and our phóbos that there was never room for us to begin with. [TWEET THIS]
“Be empty of worrying. Think of who created thought! Why do you stay in prison when the door is so wide open?”- Rumi, The Essential Rumi
What phóbos has occupied you?
What do you want to do with your baggage today?
Do you want to be free? Why or why not?