It's so easy to forget that this life is a journey - a journey with more meaning that we can't see than meaning that we can.
It's so easy to fall into comfortable. Safe. Familiar.
It's so easy to forget that God is constantly calling us to become more like Him.
Sometimes we need moments in our lives that are so unexpected, so unpredictable that they spin our world around and turn it upside down in the most perfect way - the way that shows us that God is working. God is calling.
I came across a quote in my meditation recently: "We should not be surprised if, when we embrace obedience, we find the Cross."
As I've pondered that deeply in my heart, I've come to realize a temptation within myself to think that if I only manage to be obedient God will bring about the things that I want. I find myself believing that nothing unexpected should come my way because I've been listening and obeying.
But, obedience often leads us to the Cross. That's how it was for Jesus.
Here's the thing about the Cross. If we look at it through our own eyes, it looks like we've been defeated. It looks like the end of what should have been a much longer, much better story. But when we look at the Cross through the eyes of faith, we something so much more. We see it as an unexpected beginning, a continuation of a story that has more meaning than we can see in any single given moment.
And that Cross? It calls us to change. It shakes us from our comfort, our safety, our familiar. It demands that we see love differently. It demands that we see life differently. It demands that we trust God's power and glory in the unexpected.
It's easy to forget that this life is a constant, meaningful, and ever-changing journey. Easy to forget that is, until we arrive at the Cross.