If you want to be pulled aside by security in an airport, put a sock filled with flax seeds in your luggage. I didn’t expect such a thing to be so interesting to TSA, but it was, raising eyebrows both times it passed under their scanners.
Why the sock? Well, my therapist told me it could help with arthritis pain in my back and neck. Since I had 15 lbs. of flax seed at home to support my vegan diet, and some white athletic socks that no one uses anymore, I followed his advice. I poured a couple quarts of seeds into a sock, tied a knot in the end, and slept on it.
I’ve been using my flax seed pillow for months – and it really does help. I couldn’t part with it when I packed for my trip to Ohio last week, so into my carry-on bag it went.
Though I figured it might look strange to security, I didn’t expect it to be a conversation starter. One agent seemed to appreciate encountering something unique during her assembly-line style work day. “Tell me about this,” propping my sock up with both hands as though holding a sleepy kitten.
Another shared his own pillow ingredient for pain relief – rice.
I should have asked what they imagined my sock might contain. At any rate, they did their job seeing to the safety of thousands of passengers flowing through their gates that day.
At one airport, I allowed my wheeled carry-on to be stowed with the checked-in luggage. I didn’t like being without my emergency supplies (change of clothes, Bible, toiletries, you know . . . ) so I bought a tote bag with pink flowers and Ohio printed on the side, collected a few of my most important things, and packed them before boarding the next plane.
I hadn’t thought about the weight.
In Detroit’s international airport I carried my new tote alternately in my arms and on each shoulder for miles, setting it down at every opportunity on the human conveyors sliding me forward. It took me three days to get over the extra, you guessed it, pain exacerbated by the weight of my therapy pillow.
. . . he (Jesus) is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.Hebrews 7:25 ESV
Jesus doesn’t need scanners to know what’s in the baggage I drag through life. And because he’s my high priest and lives forever, as the verses in Hebrews 7 state, I can have no greater security. He is able to save, period.
I like to separate, in Scripture, which parts are my responsibility and which are not. Who is Jesus able to save? The ones who draw near to God through him. Staying close to him, however, might be easier if leave more stuff at home.
by Kathy Sheldon Davis
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Speaking of carrying less weight, let me point you toward BibleGateway.com. You can read and study the Bible anywhere you go, and it’s much lighter than books or socks filled with seeds.