joining up with Kate and other writers who share their hearts and looking at one word, seeing what it prompts and then getting it out on the page in five short or long minutes. always beautiful to see what the Lord brings out of each person’s story with the same word.
the first thing that comes to mind in Christ saying ‘will you take up your cross and follow me’
it is only in the past couple years that i have come to understand a bit of the horror of the cross, the way in which Christ was sentenced to death to pay for our sins. About the destruction of the body, about the suffocation, about the humiliation.
and sometimes we throw this statement around like its just a simple things that He’s asking of us. But its not. If i’m going to be honest, i’d have to say that my first response is no. I don’t want that. I want an easy life. i want my life to be full of goodness now that He is a part of it. In fact i’d rather stop and run the other way if i knew that cross carrying had anything to do with it.
and yet that command…follow me. its such a hard road and yet it leads to such blessing. to such eye opening wonder. to truth. to hope. to mercy and to grace.
and so i follow. i don’t do it in a straight path. sometimes i veer off thinking that i know better. or that he might have got it wrong. but then i come back. cause i keep realizing…its only in taking up and in following…that His glory will be known and I will be made more like him