Cross to Bear

Sometime along my restoration journey, when I became weary, I spoke to the Lord and a day or two later I found this story that I hope will help you too.

My Cross to Bear

There is a story of one woman who was always lamenting that the weight of the cross laid upon her—declaring that her sorrows and difficulties were greater than any other she saw others were asked to bear.


One night in a dream she saw an angel and asked, “Why should my cross be so heavy?”  So the angel led her to a garden where she beheld thousands of crosses of all sizes and formed of different materials. Then the angel said, "If the cross you have is too heavy for you, then pick out any other cross you would like.”


The woman gladly laid aside the cross which she had found so heavy and lifted one much smaller, which was adorned with gold and precious stones. To her surprise, the cross which seemed so small and beautiful crushed her to the earth with its weight, and she was forced to lay it down.


Next, she chose a beautiful cross that was wreathed in flowers, but there were sharp thorns which tore her flesh, and the cross of flowers was also heavier than she could bear.


So when she had tried several others in vain, at length the woman saw a simple, plain cross, on which the word “Love” was written. With glee the woman said, “This is it!” and the angel asked, “Are you sure?” “Oh, yes this is the one. I am sure of it; for it seems lighter than all the rest.” “Good”, said the angel, “because that’s the one you came in here with.”


Of course the moral of the story can be found in 1 Corinthians 10:13 NET Bible—

“No trial has overtaken you that is not faced by others. And God is faithful: He will not let you be tried beyond what you are able to bear, but with the trial will also provide a way out so that you may be able to endure it.”

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