He says, He Who is God.
And we know what He means,
because when He says “Follow,” He speaks not to the shallow,
or to the everyday little decisions of how much flour to use in pirohi
or what wrench to fix on a bolt, or whether to shop at the Mall or the Strip.
He calls to the soul,
that self you pack with you on vacation
that you can’t get away from,
the you that you can’t be otherwise.
We know He says “Follow Me into tomorrow.”
And frankly, we’d rather not.
To follow Jesus into tomorrow means to go by way of the Cross
And that is too expensive.
Follow Me into Tomorrow, Jesus says,
Under the Sign of the Cross.
You know what that means.
It means to let go the past.
It means to let go your systems, your comfort zones,
your little hide-outs against the scary future.
It means to come out into the open of the future,
to step into the unpredictable, the wild vast land
of the wider, broader, higher life of God
That is utterly uncomfortable, new, beyond what your mom ever told you.
You are not a child anymore.
Trust Me for the future.
Take My hand in this Valley of Shadow,
Let Me be your Friend, your Shepherd, your Good Samaritan,
And we will walk together, hand in hand,
In through the door into Tomorrow,
Through the doorway that looks
Just like the Cross.
Because it is.
Walk with Me.
Do not fear tomorrow. Do not fear My coming.
Do not fear My judgment.
Do not fear My Last Day.
For it will be beautiful, and it will be peace.
Why do you fear the Judgment?
Are not these hardships enough that you would think this of Me?
Why can you not want Me to come back,
so that I might complete the beauty
that is the sky and the earth, the sea and the stars,
the little creatures
Why can you not say, in brave peace, Mara na tha,
like you used to?
Why do you fear tomorrow?
Have you forgotten that these moments leading up to Aeon
are all cruciform?
If it were not so, would I have not told you?
Understand the future by its shape and design,
The simple, familiar, now beautiful
form of the Cross.
Let your yesterday go, deny yourself,
And follow Me.