Kneeling at the Crossroads
Though Peter vehemently denied Christ
his repentance was equally strong
and he became a great pillar
to the faith all believers belong
Though Judas Iscariot knew Jesus
his pride remained his stronghold
and he fell into anger’s bitter arms
as Christ’s own words had foretold
When I walk through a pain-filled valley
my faith will be refined as gold
if I follow the path of repentance
and kneel humbly at the crossroads.
Wendy ❀ 2015
Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken:
“Before the rooster crows,
you will disown me three times.”
And he went outside and wept bitterly.
I had a crossroads experience last week.
People from the past started popping up in my life again.
Memories and pain resurfaced,
causing me to close off my heart.
And as the inner door slammed shut
I sensed I was not alone,
and I wept bitterly because—
God was in this.
He pointed out my destructive pride.
Pride has an I in the middle of it.
Sin has an I in the middle of it too.
Judas chose the path of pride,
and it hung him.
So Judas threw the money into the temple and left.
Then he went away and hanged himself.
Both these disciples had spent time with Jesus,
but when the crossroads of the crucifixion was dawning
they each chose a different direction.
I want to choose the path of joy.
It’s the road that tells us to focus on Jesus, others and yourself.
~ JOY ~
If I worry about what others are thinking of me
instead of what Jesus says about me first,
I’ll be hanged.
Fear of man will prove to be a snare,
but whoever trusts in the LORD
is kept safe.
I have over-functioned and under-functioned.
I have over-reacted and under-reacted.
And I make mistakes–daily.
I’m a sinner.
Pride is a dandelion with deep roots.
I have to keep pulling it out.
Actually, its God who pulls it out
when I’ve given Him permission.
He can only weed a humble and contrite heart.
A man’s pride brings him low,
but a man of lowly spirit gains honor.
To weep bitterly before the LORD is a good thing;
it’s better than
spilling your own blood.
Crossroads Blessings ~ Wendy ❀
Have you given God all of your pain, your pride, and your past?
Do you have a favorite verse or quote
that helps you to stay focused on joy?
I hope you have time to visit her lovely and encouraging blog.
Here is a link to a free e-book by Mary DeMuth.
In this book she shows us how we can break free from our past
no matter how painful it may have been.
I follow her on Facebook and absolutely love her inspiring posts.
The crocus in the final picture is growing out of the side of a tree.
It’s not in ideal growing conditions—but it’s blooming gloriously nonetheless.
I believe God can make something beautiful out of us
regardless of our roots (past).
Out of the hundreds of crocuses I saw at the park ,
this was the one that made my heart leap.