“For 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).
The sea breeze blew the tangles from my knotted nerves as a choir of various birds sang revelry to greet the day. Myrtle bushes, bursting with fuchsia blossoms added splashes of color to the sandy landscape. Jumping fish performed acrobatic feats for an audience of one.
Perhaps my favorite place in all the world is the beach. God seems to speak to me through each intricately carved sea shell, soaring gull, and majestic wave. On this particular spring morning, I had gotten up before the others stirred from their slumber to have a cup of coffee with the Lord. I sat rocking on the cottage porch surrounded by coastal beauty and watching the water of the lazy canal meander by. As I was talking to God and thanking Him for all the splendor of His creation, He urged me to look closely at a reflection in the water. There it was…a cross. Reflected in the water was a simple cross.
Looking up from the water, I saw the two pieces of weathered wood that formed this cross. It was actually one end of an old forgotten clothesline, but it was much more than that to me. It was a reminder.
This cross was God’s reminder to me that in all the majesty of His creation, it was a simple cross of two wooden beams that was the most majestic of all. Two beams displayed to the entire world, for all time, the surpassing greatness of His love, the incalculable riches of His grace, and the unfathomable depth of His mercy to all who believe. More beautiful than any blooming flower, more melodious than any song of my feathered friends, more powerful than the surf of the sea – the cross.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for the cross. Through the finished work of Jesus on those two simple beams of wood, You have given me eternal life. I pray I will never forget Jesus’ incredible sacrifice. Yes, the world may think the cross is foolish, but it represents the power of God through the gospel of Christ. In Jesus’ Name,Amen.
Now It’s Your Turn
What does the cross mean to you?
How would you explain that to someone who doesn’t know Christ?
Why is the message of the cross called the power of God?
Have you, like me in this story, ever felt that God placed something right before you as a special gift or reminder of His presence? If so, leave a comment and tell me your story!
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