1 Corinthians 1:18-20 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written:
“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise;
the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.”[a]
20 Where is the wise person? Where is the teacher of the law? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?
About three months ago I was loading furniture at the store and a couple of guys working there hitched the trailer but forgot to clamp the tongue to the ball. Then they stepped on the back of the trailer and it rolled forward rising in the air and it nearly penetrated the tailgate of the truck and when they jumped off it fell and put a gnarly gash all the way down the tail gate. I just watched in horror!
Well I ended up filing a claim with the insurance and fortunately I was able to get it fixed.
Friday I was loading stuff on the trailer once again and just as before the same thing happened leaving me angry at no one but myself because I should have been more thorough. It was not quite as bad as the first one but close. I sat there steaming because I am a tad OCD when it comes to my life and I admit it. So I began praying and telling God "its only a truck." I had made up my mind I was gonna have to live with it cause I wasn’t gonna file another claim. Suddenly I got a witty idea! I thought I will just get a cool cross decal and cover it up. So off to Hobby Lobby I went looking for a sticker of some sort. As I passed through the store I came upon the ‘cross’ section and I found the coolest medal cross and all the stuff in that section was 50% off so I grabbed it up and went home to place the cross over the blemish made by my silly error. I drilled holes and got stainless steel screws and when I got done it looked so cool. The blemish was gone and there on the back of my truck there is this cool looking cross and I don’t need to say anything because that old rugged cross says it all!
I was standing there feeling real satisfaction because I found a much more effective way to deal with the problem and a heck of a lot less expensive then the first time. As I stood there looking at the cross I lost all awareness of the blemish because all I could see was the beauty of the cross. I whispered a little prayer thanking God for the idea when I gently heard the Lord say to me; "I just wanted you to see how I see you. I just see the cross! Not your faults or blemishes, just the cross and its beautiful to me!" I sat there with a tear in my eyes because I could not have had it explained any more simple. The ultimate ‘cover up’ is our faith in the cross of Christ. All the scars of our sins washed away by simply applying to our account the view Heaven has of us when we take the cross unto ourselves and believe in its life changing message.
The crazy thing is that as I go down the road no one but me and God know whats under that cross but one thing is for sure, that cross is more then a cover up, its the profound truth that God sees us through a lens I sometimes just cannot quite wrap my mind around because of its simplicity, but it sure makes sense to my heart and when it is properly applied, God takes all the blemishes and creates a life that looks so authentic, it comes out looking like it was the plan all along. I love God’s lens and I am so grateful for my Savior and His cross. It may be foolishness to some but for me, it is the sweetest thing I know!