Posted by: cindybythesea | February 15, 2020

Bench and Cross

Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life” John 3:14-15

A few years ago, my husband and some young men he was mentoring took to erecting a cross made out of whatever they could find while out hiking. They would also construct some kind of bench where they could spend some time in fellowship and prayer. They called it the “Bench and Cross”. In the photo above they were seaside. I thought it made a nice photo.

The reason I mention this is because I am going to be away for a few days. My husband and I are traveling to Southern California to spend some time with our daughter and grandkids who are traveling from the Northwest and I’ve got to tell you I’m a little nervous about this. With all that is going on I hardly want to leave home anymore. Maybe you can identify with that.

Anyway, as I’ve been packing I could feel the anxiety mounting. Earthquakes, civil unrest, corona virus…. oy!!! I think I’ll go back to bed and put the pillow over my head! And never leave home. But that is not realistic and certainly not what God has called us to do.

I have to admit courage is not my first name, it’s not even my middle or last. But the Lord does not give us the Spirit of fear and like Corrie Ten Boom’s father told her when her fear was at its greatest “God will give you what you need when you need it.” In other words, if the time should come when we need courage we can be certain that God will supply all that we need and more.

The picture of the Bench and Cross has already relieved some anxiety. Why? Because the Cross stands above everything else. It rises above any trouble or catastrophe we might face. It is not diminished in the least by the circumstances of our lives and like the serpent lifted up up in the wilderness we simply look to it and live.

If you would be so kind as to keep us in prayer while we are away. Our daughter and her family as well. I will try to update my blog from time to time if I should see or hear anything worth passing on. Other than that I should be back home in about ten days, God willing.

And as always,

“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem they shall prosper who love thee” Psalm 122:6

Watching and waiting with YOU for the soon return of Jesus! Cindy


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