June 13, 2013"The 'Cross' Road"
Question: Why did the rabbit cross the road?
Answer: He didn't. He "chickened" out.
This morning, as I was driving down my driveway, a rabbit made a mad dash right across in front of me. He almost made it to the other side, but instead, stopped, turned around and ran back the way he had just come, narrowly missing being sent to the Big Meadow in the Sky.
Now, I'm not obsessed with rabbits (as one might think since they often hop into my thoughts), it's just that they breed like, well, rabbits, and my yard is full of them. Apparently, they think I spend my time and money for the sole purpose of giving them a bodacious botanical buffet on which to gorge. Thus, I have no great love for them (although they do look kind of cute in SOMEONE ELSE'S yard), but I still couldn't help but be a little frustrated with the rabbit. I mean, "What was he thinking?!" He was so close to making it to safety, yet he hightailed it back the way he'd come, exposing himself to even greater danger.
So I was thinking…..
How often are we like that rabbit? We get almost to the safe arms of Jesus, but then we turn around and run back to where we've been. We have either lost sight of Who we are running to or what we are running from. We know from biblical experiences that turning away from the Lord never turns out well. Think of Lot's wife, the Israelites wandering in the wilderness, Jonah, the rich, young ruler, etc.
Some of us choose to return to bad circumstances because they're familiar. Yes, change can be scary, even when that change is good. But nothing is as scary as living life without Jesus, and nothing is as wonderful as living life with Him. So, as long as we remain focused on Jesus and continue to follow Him, we'll stay headed in the right direction…..heavenward.
Then Jesus said to His disciples, "If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. Matthew 16:24
©2013 Phyllis Knight