The Old, Rugged Road

As I gaze at the old, rugged cross, I can’t help but think it was my sins that put Jesus there. “That Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the scripture,” (1 Cor. 15:3-4) Thank you, Lord, for accepting such a bitter drink for me.

Glancing up at that cross, I realize Jesus is no longer there. The power of death could not hold him there. As I stand and ponder this, I hear a still faint voice saying, “Pick up your cross and come follow me”.

I look down the road unto which He is headed; it looks narrow, rugged, and untraveled and unknown. He continues, “Trust me! I will be your guide. I am the way. I am the truth. I am the life.”

As I start down the old, rugged path things seem a little unchartered as He navigates me through. At times, it seems as if I can’t see, and it feels as if something might over take me, but once again I hear His still faint voice saying, “Walk by faith not by sight. I will be your guide, protector, and provider. Trust me!”

I start to feel a peace over take me as I begin to surrender everything I have over to the one who can show me the way that leads to everlasting life. Even after a time, all the suffering, trails, and tribulations seem to show its purpose on my journey.

It seems like when I started I was so full of uncertainty. I now look back unto that old, rugged road onto which I continue to journey, it doesn’t seem so rugged after all. It is the road leading to peace, joy, and eternal life.

So, the question would be…do you want to take the first step and follow Jesus where He can only lead you? Most often the circumstances in our lives that seem the most difficult are the very things Jesus will use to transform us into the person we desire to be…. and that is to be made into His image. Jesus is in the business of changing lives. And He wants to begin today changing yours.

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