Jesus doesn’t seem concerned about traveling light in the passage from Mark for this week.
He orders the disciples to “take nothing for the journey”. I would have argued. Because I am a working mother pastor, I would have argued. I would have said “You just don’t like to plan, you just don’t get what is required to travel and clearly you don’t have children.” Or I might have said “You don’t really want to include me do you? Because I don’t live a life in which I can ‘take nothing’.” I might have said “The only way you are able to travel light is because everyone around you has your back, including me and so guess what Jesus, traveling light is a luxury that I provide FOR you.” I might have said “I wish I could travel light”. Then I probably would have thought to myself “I’ll show him how I can travel light.” As I traveled along under the weight of my perfectly packed bag I would begin to think, “Do I really need all of this stuff? Maybe Jesus has the right idea.” But as soon as I saw that big crowd of 5,000 and it became clear that Jesus expected me to “feed them”….yeah, I would have been pissed. ~ Linda
Following Jesus. Traveling light. How do you feel about that this week?