stop and smell the roses
stop and see the cross
This Easter was the first time Anna Kate took interest in the real Easter story. Sure, she was excited about the bunny and the candy, but she was very interested, fascinated even, by the story of the cross and Jesus dying for us. It was to the point where she would ask us to read that same story at bedtime for a week. She began to recognize crosses every time we passed a church while driving. She even saw the letter t and said “hey, it’s a cross!”
Although I know she doesn’t fully understand why Jesus died on the cross and what that means for us – for her, it’s amazing to see her get to know her savior. Everything is more fun to watch through the eyes of a child.
Anna Kate is a “stop and smell the roses” kind of kid. She isn’t in a hurry for much (unless she’s running from you, but that’s a whole different blog post 😉 ). Her appreciation for things that I might not even notice has taught me to slow down and enjoy the day to day. If we spend life waiting for the next big thing we can miss the joy intended for today.
We were driving down the interstate one day and Anna Kate spotted a cross on a church. Driving 70+mph, we sped past it pretty quickly. Anna Kate asked to go back about 100 times, but of course we couldn’t. We had spent a weekend in Nashville and if you know anything about traveling with children you know that meant we had ZERO sleep. We were ready to get home and rest and there was not a chance of us taking the next exit and going back to see a cross that she would likely see again several miles later. We live in Alabama – crosses are everywhere. Thankfully, she didn’t put up much of a fight and we had a peaceful ride home and she was just as fascinated by the next cross we saw.
This did get me thinking though.
Does our time with Jesus resemble the blur of a cross we catch from the corner of our eye? Are we often so busy getting to where we’re going that we don’t stop and see the cross?
I know there have been times in my life where I’ve been too busy to have quiet time. I’ve tried to take on my problems all by myself. I’ve looked at my circumstances and have seen no way to overcome. I’ve let the enemy rob me of peace. I have missed the cross and the power that comes with it.
Imagine what life could be like if we slowed down and saw Jesus in every area of our lives.
When you really think about it, what is more important than that?
Jesus intended for us to have a relationship with Him, and believe me, it is for our benefit. This world moves fast and the enemy loves for us to be distracted, too distracted to remember the cross and the power available to us. The power to overcome. The power to find peace, joy, healing, and love.
The message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 1 Corinthians 1:18
I want my time with Jesus to look more like I stopped the car, got out of the car and admired the cross before me. I want to be like Anna Kate and acknowledge the cross everywhere I go and in every circumstance.
Stop and see the cross.