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Devotional

Lead Me to the Cross

by SHERILYN GRANT KNOWN God’s guidance & direction Identity in Christ Trust Culture adjustment Dependence
  Lead Me to the Cross
“For God was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in Him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.”
Colossians 1:19-20

I was scheduled to meet my global worker friends at a local bus station in Mae Sot, Thailand, near the school we would be working at for the summer. Unable to travel with them due to scheduling conflicts, I made arrangements to come on my own. It was a long series of bus rides to the remote village where I would be staying. The plan was to follow the bus schedule, and they would meet me at the station on the day I was to arrive.


Unknown to us, there were two stops on the bus route in this village. The first stop was part of an older route, the second stop was the one where my friends would be waiting for me. I got off on the first stop. As I stepped off the bus, I looked around for the faces of my friends. All I saw was a sea of unfamiliar faces, speaking an unfamiliar language. I found a place to wait, thinking they were just running late. As time passed, an anxious feeling in the pit of my stomach told me they were not coming. I prayed a prayer of guidance and felt the Lord prompting me to get up and move. 


I found a local “taxi driver” who was a young man with a motorbike. Praying desperately for him to understand, I made the symbol of a cross, the logo of the school, and said, “Please, take me to the cross.”  He then proceeded to take me to the nearest church. A man at the church, who spoke English, was able to give the driver directions to the school. I finally arrived at the school to the relief of my friends who had been waiting for me at the other bus station. 


In a foreign land, scared and unsure of what to do, the Lord saw me and led me to safety. The Lord knows and takes care of His own. It was the cross that led me to safety! Because of Jesus’ work on the cross, we never have to question God’s care and love for us. Daughter of God, you are seen, you are known and you are loved.


Closing Prayer
Dear Heavenly Father, I thank you that it is not by any effort or striving on my part that I am known and seen by you. I have access to your presence based on the work that Jesus did for me on the cross. I have been brought into the family of God, and I am known as your child. You see the situation I am in now. You know my exact needs. I am not overlooked by you, and my circumstances are not too difficult for you. Thank you for your provision and guidance as I wait on and trust in you. Amen.
Resources
Book: The Normal Christian Life by Watchman Nee Watchman Nee’s writings have helped me understand the truth of who I am in Christ and what it means to be a child of God.
Question for Reflection

Reflect on a time in your life when you have felt seen and known by God. How do you encourage yourself in the difficult times?

Comments
Sherilyn Grant
October 16, 2020

I walked through many difficult seasons in my middle and high school years that caused great insecurity in my identity. Over the years, the enemy has tried to tell me that God does not care or see me, that my life is inconsequential to Him. But as I have reflected on the times when God has shown up and moved in my life, I am reminded of His faithfulness to me. It has been a daily choice to go to His Word and believe the truth He speaks over me. He has said that He knows the way I take and that He orders the steps of the righteous. He has called me the righteousness of Christ. These are truths I encourage myself in and hold onto, even when I may not feel it to be true. I choose to believe it because He has said it.


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