We reached the top! We gaze upon the cross. It’s foundation is a huge boulder. We take turns sitting at the base of it. There is a since of accomplishment. Of all being right with us – the cross – the world. We looked back at the path, the journey, that we had taken to get us to the cross and realized IT WAS SO WORTH IT!
How about you? Have you journeyed to the cross? Do you also realize how worth it your decision was? Are you sitting at the foot of the cross this moment? If not, where are you sitting?Where are you resting?
Do you notice how weather ridden the cross is? It has survived many a storm. In my life, in your life. Even storms that have yet to come – the cross will endure. We too can endure, if we continue to sit in the shelter of the cross. Lean over, dear one, cling to it with all that you are. The cross will endure – so can you.
You would think that this would be the end of the story – the moral of the story was shared. As cool as the truths were coming up, I found more profound truths going back down.
Evidentially we all feel like we have to leave the cross. In our case, it was because our next class was scheduled to begin. As we began our climb back down, I realized that it was harder to walk down the hill than it was to climb uphill. I had to walk more cautiously. My foot slipped much more often. My head and shoulders were leaning backwards to keep me from tumbling forward and becoming hurt. Gravity was working against us – pulling us away – downward. Our bodies were resistant to go.
Then bam! More truths unravel before my eyes!
My body did not want to leave the cross! Although gravity pulled me downward, my tendency was to lean back – TOWARDS THE CROSS! You see once we encounter the cross, we don’t ever want to be separated from it! Time, after time, my foot slipped while walking away from the cross – numerous times I was close to falling. My friend, when we walk away from the cross – that is the first slip, multiple ones follow until we fall.
We need to stay at the cross. Rest there. Find shelter there. Nothing good will come of it when we chose to leave the way of the cross.
How do we return? When those storms come, picture where you are sitting. What are you doing? Are you sitting at the cross – confident that the storm will pass, or are you being billowed around by the wind, rain and elements? STOP!! Take inventory of where you are – where you want to be – then CHOSE the way of the cross. I promise, it is that easy. We are the ones that make it harder than that.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)
Do you want easy and light? I know I do! I’m grabbing my fuzzy slippers…on your mark… get ready… REST!!!