Open Baggage


Just like baggage at the airport, the truth eventually comes out. You might as well unzip it and give your future spouse a good look at what you’re dragging into the marriage.

Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. (Matthew 21:19 ESV)

If you ever want to fly through customs at the airport, just follow after me. For whatever reason, I am constantly flagged whenever I fly internationally. When returning to my home country of Canada, I am ushered aside to have my bags examined almost every time.

Now, knowing this as I pack at the end of a trip, I’ve learned to have some fun with it. I figured if you can’t beat ‘em . . . ya might as well amuse ‘em. So I leave the most embarrassing things I can find on the top of my suitcase so when they open it up, they can just deal with the invasion of my privacy. Of course this also means that anyone else who is in the customs examining room also gets to see my dirty laundry. So it goes.

The other day, a friend was teasingly sparring with her hubby as we were all making jokes about any ‘secrets’ we tried to veil before marriage, (gas, strange eating habits, certain relatives, cooking abilities – or lack thereof). As we giggled and chuckled, she exclaimed, ‘Hey, we all come into marriage with baggage . . . but at least mine was open!’ (Her husband’s past was checkered to say the least, so he was the winner in the contest of ‘who was the most cryptic’ . . . he didn’t even tell her his real name!)

Yes, we do all carry things from our pasts that we may not want others to see, but just like my luggage at the airport, the reality is the truth will come out eventually. You might as well unzip it and give your future spouse a good look at what you’re dragging into the marriage. It’s all gotta end up in the wash in the end anyway.

Father, You know every part of your children and nothing is hidden from You. Help us Lord to be honest with others – especially our future spouses – and unpack the things that we need to share. We thank You that our pasts do not define us, and that You have made us new creations in Christ Jesus. Help us then to show grace to each other as well as to ourselves. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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