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Mark 6:8 He ordered them to take nothing for their journey except a staff; no bread, no bag, no money in their belts.
I am “Friend 2” in this scenario, always flying by the seat of my pants. But the instructions Jesus gives to his disciples make even me nervous. No bag? No money? How will they get by? Perhaps that’s how my friends and family feel when I show up in a foreign country with no place to stay, no friends, no plan of any sort. But traveling this way is how I’ve discovered beautiful cities, met new people, and learned important lessons about different cultures. I’ve experienced God in a whole new way, trusting my life to God’s care moment by moment.
Something divine happens when we are forced to depend on God through the kindness of strangers; we see the imago dei—image of God—in people we might otherwise never meet, in places we might otherwise never go.
MOVING FORWARD: What do you need to give up so you can travel lightly?