There are some happy suitcases that you can unpack easily. When returning from a trip, I usually just dump everything in the laundry room. The next stop is the bathroom, then ...boom... I'm done.
Next I unload my pictures to digital storage. Most travels are filled with those fun Kodak moments to help you reminisce the memories.
I also like to write my journeys in a field journal. It helps me recall the heart milestones.
I like to reflect on the holy God moments and lessons.
I recently went on a trip to India. It's been two weeks, and I still have suitcases sitting half-full of stuff that needs to be unpacked, many memories still linger.
My field journal is open to the same page, the outline of those holy hope-captured vignettes. There are still a lot of memories that are still to be written on my heart, lingering wide open.
God has some Kodak memories that need His stillness and need some unpacking. I need to process the things I have seen, I need to share the stories, I need to share my feelings about what I have seen.
I need to unpack my full heart of God moments.
There are benefits to praying for God to bend the pages of His field journal just a bit, to record and give His revelations from what you have seen on a trip filled with such great holy moments.
I am dealing with some unflattering, clumsy junk that bring questions about how to care about all that God is showing me. There is a deep stirring.
"Defend the cause of the weak and the fatherless; maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed. Rescue the weak and needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked."
~ Ps. 82:3-4
Unpacking this verse and many of God's holy moments, may I linger here...
"Father to the fatherless, freedom for the weak
"Give me eyes to see when my heart is blind,
that when I ask you'll give, and when I seek I'll find.
Give me ears to hear, when my way's confused,
let the uncertain road, still lead me back to You."
~ Meredith Andrews