The elderly lady stood by the street curb, gazing down the road. She was looking for the return of her husband, who had absent-mindedly begun the very long drive toward home without her.
Someone nearby offered to help, but there was nothing that could be done except to comfort her disappointed heart.
This was not the first time he had insensitively taken off and left her waiting and alone. After several hours, he returned, and off they went.
The Lord loves us and desires to be involved in every aspect of our daily lives. He wants us to walk with Him in faith, not leave Him standing on the curb of our own insensitivity and selfishness. Jesus said, "If any one would come after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow me."
We were created with a heart that yearns to be with Jesus. The Lord designed us to be whole only when we are in fellowship with Him.
Our own selfish sin would keep us from Him. He tells us to deny that part of our lives and submit ourselves to whatever cross we may carry. We may carry the cross of poverty, rejection, pain, heartbreak or suffering. Whatever form our cross may be in, it is always a cross of daily submission to Him as our Lord.
In response to our faith and love, He fills us from within with fresh life and goodness from the Holy Spirit. Our cross becomes light and manageable. By His loving grace, we can pick it up fresh every morning, remembering He carried the cross of our sins to Calvary where He died out of love for us.
An older couple raised a severely handicapped son. For 38 years they fed him, bathed him, dressed him, and were responsible for nearly every inch of moving him from one place to another.
After his death, a sibling asked his parents how they could possibly have done it for 38 years. His Dad replied, "We only did it one day at a time."
With Jesus, we live one day at a time, receiving grace for one day at a time, carrying our cross one day at a time, and carrying it with the One who loves us and calls us to follow Him, one day at a time.
In the confused and strange day in which we now live, having Jesus as our Lord and Savior makes all the difference.
By placing our faith in Him, accepting the forgiveness of our sins through His death and shed blood on the cross, and surrendering to His will and Holy Spirit, we are complete and whole, eager and sufficient to live each day He gives.
God bless you.
The Rev. Greg Brownell is pastor of Dayton United Brethren Church in Dayton. Pastors in the U-B circulation area who want to write a column should contact Catherine Hicks at 509-526-8312, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.