A good friend shared with me an interesting experience while voting in the Presidential election. As you might remember, the number of people voting was really large. Most voting places were filled beyond capacity. Many of us experienced long lines as we had to wait.
This person was voting at Frazer United Methodist Church. He happened to be seated next to a lady who said, “I don’t want to fight this crowd anymore. Next time I am going to vote absentee. How do I do that?”
My friend responded that you could go to the “help” table and get information. The lady looked around and said, “I am not sure exactly where the ‘help’ table is.” My friend pointed to the large cross on the other side of the room and said, “Go to the cross and you will find the ‘help’ table.”
That is a great statement. The “help” table is always at the cross. When we begin to focus on the cross we discover places where we can both help and be helped.
That incident is similar to the little boy who was lost in a community. He was trying to find his way home. He became quite frustrated and started crying.
A gentleman saw the little boy crying and inquired if he could help him. He was trying to find out exactly where the boy lived. Finally the little boy said, “Do you know that building that has the cross way up high?” The man said that the building was a church and he knew where it was located. The little boy said, “If you can get me to the cross, I can find my way home.”
There is an old Gospel song that emphasizes this basic truth.
I must needs go home by the way of the cross,
There’s no other way but this;
I shall ne’er get sight of the Gates of Light,
If the way of the cross I miss.
The way of the cross leads home,
The way of the cross leads home;
It is sweet to know, as I onward go,
The way of the cross leads home.
Paul wrote to the church at Galatia emphasizing the unequaled importance of the cross. He wrote “But may it never be that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Galatians 6:14)
The cross is the place for help and finding our way home!