Thursday, August 27, 2009

I-40 between mile marker 27 & 28...

I travel to NW Arkansas alot. I leave during the day and I usually drive home at night. On I-40 between mile marker 27 & 28, there is a cross high upon one of the hills. During the day, you really have to be paying attention to see it. It is pretty high up there and it is a thin cross. At night when you are driving home, the owners of the cross have it lit up so bright; YOU CANNOT MISS IT at night!

I see this cross quite a bit...I always knew there was a lesson there. God showed me the lesson one night driving home...

He showed me that during the day (i.e. when life is bright and rosy and going the way I want) it is hard to see the cross. It is hard to see Jesus because I am not looking for Him. I don't need to look for Him because life is GRAND!

But, on the flip side...during the night (i.e. when life is not going well, trouble is all around, you have no idea what to do and where to go) it is easy to see the illuminated cross. It is dark all around and we automatically gravitate to the light, to the cross.

This may not mean much to you; however, it spoke volumes to me. It told me in the good times I needed to praise Him and focus on Him and to look for Him in everything I do. The bad times, well, He, of course, is always there but it is just easier to find Him and need Him. It is our nature to forget about Him in the good times.

So, today, I praise Him and thank Him that I have a baby inside of me that He allowed to have a heartbeat. I praise Him for the miracle of life. In the light (i.e. good times) I will praise Him because He is there JUST as much as He is in the dark (i.e. bad times).

Anyway...here's to the good times.

5 comments:

Shan said...

I see that cross almost every weekend!! What a constant reminder of God's love and promises, ne? I love seeing it, and Erin (my oldest) loves pointing it out and exclaiming that it's 'Jesus cross'

--Shannon Rone

Anonymous said...

You would be amazed at the lessons I have heard stemming from that cross. I wonder if the people who put it up ever thought about the effect it would have on so many.

Erin Mills said...

I didn't mean to anonymous. It hit the wrong thing - that last one was from me.

Stacey Utley said...

I know exactly the cross you are talking about. Now I will think of you every time I see it! :)

Roger Cox said...

I was driving I40 west to Oklahoma to see my mom who was in the hospital dying. At 4:15 that morning I stopped at the rest stop near mile marker 34 to freshen up. I had been driving all night and was not handling the events well. After I left the rest area, I checked my side mirror for traffic behind me, but all I seen was that lit up cross. I took it as a sign from God that no matter the outcome, He was looking out for me and mom. She died that evening.