“What we play is life.” ~ Louis Armstrong
There is something beautiful about the manner in which the cross of Jesus has been laid before me. Such an ugly, rugged thing yet still so beautiful when my eyes take time to fully take it in. I catch my breath and struggle to breath in it’s presence. The magnitude isn’t lost upon me… yet how often do I take the effort and time to truly do something worthy with it?
The cross isn’t smooth and beautiful, it’s coarse and splintered and rugged. It’s the effects of the Cross of Christ that are beautiful and that is what we must do something with… but it involves picking the cross up with aching bones and breaking backs, enduring the splinters my hands may find to find its beauty revealed and it’s magnificence expressed. If I will just stop for one moment and, instead of focusing on the temporary pain the cross may cause, intentionally embrace the incredible effects of the cross… I will be found speechless in it’s breathtaking magnificence and wonder.
The Cross is my reminder of the covenant God has with me. God needs no reminder, He gave His Son – I’m pretty certain He’s not soon to forget- but, being human, the splinters help remind me up the true significance and Love He has for me. I need no reminder but never the less, I am thankful for it. I play on… with enthusiasm!
Today’s Scripture: Deuteronomy 7:9
Know therefore that the LORD your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations,