God’s Word for Today: Cross. This “week of over”, we must include the word cross. As in cross over. It seems to be kind of a crude usage of both words. Most literary scholars would probably attempt to correct or eliminate my usage of cross over, but what the heck. You know what I mean?
I have a collection of books written by the famous cowboy author Louis L’Amour. Somewhere in my 20’s, maybe even early 30’s, I joined a book club where I would receive one of Louis’ books every month. I even spent the extra money to have them as leather covered hard back books. In total, I ended up with over 110 books. I will brag that I have read every one of them at least twice, and some at least 3 times if not more. Needless to say, I enjoy Louis L’Amour’s Westerns very much. I have really enjoyed my collection. I consider the books money well spent.
In almost every book that Louis L’Amour wrote, he stressed two very important things pertinent to a cowboy’s way of life. First, when you were sitting around a campfire, you never stared at the fire. If you did stare at the fire and an enemy or predator approached or attacked you, you would be temporarily blinded in the darkness. Simply staring at a fire could mean losing your life. I am sure glad we no longer have to worry about being attacked when we sit around a fire pit in the evening and just stare at it for like, hours.
The second thing Louis always stressed in his books was, if you were on the trail and came to a crossing, it was always wise to cross the river prior to stopping for the night. The simple knowledge of never know what might happen during the night which would cause the river to rise, thus prohibiting your cross over the next morning, was the reasoning. Any greenhorn that did not follow the practice of crossing the river before stopping, sooner or later learned the logic of said practice.
Luke 16:26. And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been set in place, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us.
Yesterday, the mother of two lifelong, best friends of mine, crossed over. She made the journey to meet God. I have no doubt she has already gone to work in Heaven making sure her family and all of her “extended family” are being taken care of. She was a very dear and very special lady with a huge, huge heart. Even as perfect as Heaven is supposed to be, I know that she is now making Heaven even better.
This cross over stuff is kind of scary. Some churches use the fear of this unknown bridge as a way to convert new members. Other churches use it to keep their members in tow. Even today’s Scripture talks of “a great chasm”. When I think of great chasm, I think of Royal Gorge out in Colorado. It has been quite a few years since I have visited, but I will always remember the bridge having a certain sway to it. I also remember how very far down to the bottom it was. If you fell off the bridge, you would have time to think about a few things before you hit bottom. Scary thought.
So, the cross over from this life to the next is strictly a faith thing. There are a few cases of those who crossed over and then came back. Fascinating stories. They give a person hope. Their stories can strengthen your Faith.
Today, take a simple rule and guide of Faith with you. Each and every day, make sure you have prepared to cross over. Don’t end your day by camping on the easy side. Do whatever you need to do to cross over today. You never know what might prevent your crossing over tomorrow……….
Prayer: Dear God, creator of all things, I thank you for guiding me through today. I ask that you give me the wisdom to always cross the river of faith before I stop for the day. Help me to know that if you bless me with another day on this earth tomorrow, I am on your side of the crossing. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.