Tuesday, May 10, 2011
“There are many crosses and every one of them is sore and heavy.
None of them is likely to be sought out by me of my own accord.
But never is Jesus so near me, as when I lift my cross,
lay it submissively on my shoulder,
and give the welcome of a patient and unmurmuring spirit.”
~Mrs. Charles Cowman~
~At some point we must get down to pracital business with the Lord. There must be a sense of lostness, pain and hurt, tears must be shed. And in our expereince there must probably be some confusion and discouragement. Tests, trials, the feeling of utter hopelessness, and perhaps even the sense that the Lord no longer loves us. Conceivably even a darker, deeper and more foreboding feeling than of all this.~
~The cross is primarily an experiential thing. All of the discussion in the world concerning the cross can never properly describe what being nailed to it is really like.~
taken from my journals dated 1996
There are many people who honestly believe that something must be wrong if Christians experience heartache and pain. But if you take a moment and look around you will see that this world is full of pain and suffering. There is absolutely no way to avoid it. In fact, we come screaming into the world from the moment we are born.
Jesus walked this earth, not only to save us from our selves and our sins, but to experience all that being human had to offer. Why? So He could empathize in our humanity. That is Grace and Mercy. He wanted to know the pain, temptations, and the sorrow. And He experienced it all. He was tempted. He knew what it was to mourn the loss of a dear friend. He was moved to tears and compassion when He saw the hurting and the hungry. He was misunderstood. He yelled out to Father God, “Is there any other way?”
I often wonder why Jesus had to suffer the most humiliating and horrible death that He did, I mean could there have been another way? Maybe He experienced all that He did so that you could know beyond a shadow of a doubt that no matter how difficult and painful your situation is, He would know what you are going through. He really knows. It doesn’t make the pain go away any quicker, or even shield us from it. What it does do is help us to realize that we are not alone, and if He could manage a way through the darkness and still remain victorious, then He can peacefully guide us through that same darkness, and He can bring us out the other side, victorious.
~that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead~