BEAR YOUR CROSS!
This series of cartoon drawings shows a group of people carrying their crosses. The average person is having a hard time carrying his and her cross because the crosses are heavy. The heavy crosses the people are carrying can be used as an analogy for life’s problems, meaning, in life, we all have problems and we must deal with them. We must carry our crosses.
However, in this cartoon series, one fellow feels his cross is simply just too heavy to bear and carry. Do we all not feel this way sometimes? Have you ever felt like some of life’s issues are just too hard to bear?
In this cartoon series, one fellow appealed to God to lighten his cross. He asked God to remove some obstacles in life that were placed there for various meaningful reasons.
While everyone else carried his/her heavy cross, this one little guy appealed to God to lessen his cross. He said it was just too heavy. Consequently, he thought he heard from God, and got his hammer, cut down his cross and made his cross lighter!
In one of the pictures, you will see that the lighter cross he created was not light enough for him. Please note his cross is not dragging on the ground. It was lighter than the rest of people’s cross. Yet he was still not happy. He felt his cross was still just too heavy! In this guy’s wondrous wisdom, he went back to God and asked for the cross to be made lighter. As such, he cut some more of his cross. He said: Yes Lord, thank you for making my cross light and easy to carry.
This guy’s cross was shortened. It was easy to manage and in the picture he went skipping and singing with his condensed cross. He bounced by all the people dragging their heavy long crosses.
However, this gentleman came to a bridge or a dent in the road and was trapped. His cross did not reach the other side. The other people, who the guy had skipped by, had carried their long heavy crosses, got to the end of the road after him, and used their long heavy crosses to cross over the bridge to the other side.
The guy, looking for the easy way, was jammed. His cross was not long enough to reach the other side of the bridge.
Let this cartoon be a wake-up call to all of us. Let us learn to carry our cross, knowing that, we are leaning on the everlasting arms of the Most High God and that at the end of our carrying our God given cross, there are great lessons to learn that come with inconceivable rewards that we can only learn after carrying the cross assigned to us according to God’s divine order.
Be strong and know that God is God. He is all sovereign. He is the God of the impossible. He is the God that knows all. Remember Jeremiah 1:5 KJV: Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee! God is Almighty, Sovereign, and we must learn to totally trust him, particularly when faced with situations that look like we cannot bear. Be strong and know that he is God! Bear your cross by faith.
Finally, stand on: Matthew 21:21 which tells us that: Jesus replied, “Truly I tell you, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done. Meditate on the below references and know that God moves mountains. Be blessed.
Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.
Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
Mark 9:23 Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.”
Romans 10:17 So then faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.
Mark 11:24 Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.
Mark 11:23 For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.
Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.