Monday, June 24, 2013

El Cerro de la Cruz (The Hill of the Cross)

24 de Junio, 2013

It seems this is the 3rd time I have visited the cross above Antigua, Guatemala... the 2nd for our entire family to gather here. 

While I am sure the place has meaning for a great many people, my heart knows best what it means to me.

I think of the hands that built it. Not those who commissioned it or those who supervised it, but the hands of the workmen. I think of the strain of their labor under the sun at high altitude as they disturbed the dirt and angered the ants. I can feel the dirt in the bend of their elbows and the grit between my teeth.

I know that feeling exchanging callouses for production, the trade of a few drops of blood and a sore back to stand from a distance and see the results of my contribution.

I look at this cross and my mind also reflects sights that are unseen. I picture my God as He looks down and remembers the tears of His hands and the incredible exchange of His purchase... my redemption.

I can not help but reflect of another cross... on another hill.

Words are felt deeply in my heart:

Provision... everything we have is given to us by God, by His timing, through His people

Convergence... everything we are is made up of experiences that He has allowed us to live, uniquely preparing us and those we encounter for this moment

Redemption... we stand where we are today because of a God who is willing to stand with his torn hands reached out to us, offering everything... if only we come.

I look at this cross over a city and I see an invitation from God. I can nearly hear the words whisper past my ears as I stand in the wind.. "Follow me. It will not be easy, but it is the way to receive my promises."

I am thankful to be here. My heart overflows with the abundance of God's provision, convergence, and redemption.

My spirit is coiled like a spring... James 1:22-27 (doers... not just hearers)

We are signing up teams & individuals now. 

Come and allow your life to be changed as you lift up the life of one, two... or even a village.

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