“The message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” 1 Corinthians 1:18 NIV
It is at the Cross I found a weightlessness. The heavy bag of hurts and injustices of life that I lugged with me everywhere was removed. Exhaustion denied became exhaustion experienced. Collapsing at the foot of the Cross and being unburdened, I slept. The most peaceful slumber ever. I was protected. I no longer had to strive for my own survival. I was home.
But this home was new, different from my other homes. Learning anew awaited my awakening. Each day new discoveries of majesty and power are revealed and experienced. I had been saved from who I was, but now came the journey of who I was to become, a return to and a release to my original design – as a person made in the image of God.
God used my natural curiosity to draw me out of the darkness. I laid on my bathroom floor asking God to take my life. Like the words in 2 Corinthians 1:8-9 NLT:
“We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death.”
In that place, He asked me, “Aren’t you curious how your life will turn out?” Those words spoke not only encouragement but also communion. Hope peeked my heart and my thoughts. I was not alone. I had worth. It was that hope that rekindled my devotion to Him and the life He had planned for me. He had a journey for me and now I am on the path and always, when I get discouraged, or fearful, I know I can look over my shoulder and see my beginning – the Cross.
“But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God who raises the dead. He has delivered us from such a deadly peril and He will deliver us again. On Him we have set our hope that He will continue to deliver us.” 2 Corinthians 1:9-10 NLT
Now I am always on the path, but sometimes I sit down to rest or find myself running back to the Cross to leave something there that I thought I couldn’t live without. There are other times I just stand still and wait for Him to tell me which fork to take. I must admit, often I am afraid for the unknown or necessary changes can be difficult. But then there is also the sense of adventure, the questing into the unknown, the excitement of following into the presence of God. If you find stepping into the unknown a bit daunting, try replacing your fear with a sense of curiosity and adventure! Venture into that unknown with the excitement that you are going to experience God in a whole new way!
How is the message of the Cross the power of God for you? What was your journey to the Cross and how are you experiencing the path beyond?
For the poem I wrote inspired by my journey and His power, please read “Seeking Light”.
Let us continue our Journey “As He Sees”.
(All bolded scripture is for my own emphasis)