by Miriam Rossow
Yesterday morning I was running all over my house looking for a lost skirt. I was also trying to get my 4 kids ready and out the door along with myself. I needed to take my computer so I could do some work during the morning. I ended up forgetting the cord along with my phone charger which meant all my electronics died through out the day! I was rushing and scattered.
This seems to describe so much of my life; running and scattered. I have the responsibilities of mother of 4, wife of 1, sister, daughter ,daughter-in-law, friend, content team leader, MOPS table leader, co-worker, wife of the pastor and I am sure I am missing some title or responsibility. And I know my life is not the only one that feels pulled in many directions and even scattered and disconnected so often.
I was rushing and scattered.
As I sat for a moment to focus on one thing on Sunday I heard it. Those words of comfort and peace; ‘I want you to find in me a place of safety and peace and comfort.’ Ahhh…that is what I need. A place of safety. A place where the scattered are brought together and the division of who I am and what I do is no longer.
‘I want you to find in me a place of safety and peace and comfort.’
As I look at the Jerusalem Cross it looks like a scattered and divided cross. One big cross in the center and 4 little ones around. We were invited to see it as a hen gathering her chicks under her wing. The hen gathers the scattered and scared chicks and brings them under the safety of her wings. This is Christ for us. He gathers us under his wings of protection and safety. Under the outstretched arms of Christ on the cross we find our safety. Under the outstretched arms of Christ on the cross our scattered lives are brought together.
Under the outstretched arms of Christ on the cross we find our safety.
As I run around in my crazy scattered life I can look to this cross and see the control and organization. Not only do I see a sense of organization to my scattered life I can see the purpose in all the things I do. The center cross is not only Christ gathering me under his wings, it is me being focused on Christ.
He brings a calm and sense of organization to my life and He brings purpose and focus to my life.
The center cross is not only Christ gathering me under his wings, it is me being focused on Christ.
My running around looking for the skirt while I try and get the kids out the door is crazy. I can do it in love and with Christ in mind. As I continue to be a wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, leader, and co-worker I do it with Christ as the center. When I look at the Jerusalem cross I not only see what Christ does for me; arms outstretched and pierced, feet pierced, and side pierced for me. I see others through the lens of what Christ did for them. He brings a new purpose and a new sense of calm to my crazy and often scattered life.