There are falls on the way to Golgotha, but gloriously there is a rising up. Jesus somehow finds strength before his mother and Father to rise up and keep going. He keeps going in the midst of astounding physical, social and spiritual pain. He finds strength. He finds will. This is the capstone moment of perseverance. Everyone falls. But not everyone rises.
Oh Lord, my God– I see you fall. My hero cast to the ground! The Creator of wood and gravity, casts His life on the canvas of my shame. His eyes behold the hill. With exhaustion and thirst, He bears the inheritance of bloodshed ages hence.
Look on the face of Jesus as He falls. He feels the injustice of carrying a burden that is not His own. Men of acquired authority force the one eternal Authority to rise up.
With little human strength remaining within His torn flesh and weary eyes, He rises up.
Lord, teach me to rise.
He bears injustice
(Teach me to bear injustice)
Somehow, He finds strength.
(Lord, Jesus Son of God, show me Your strength.)
Lord, in the rush of days when all seems lost and I grow weary of the battle. Teach me to rise up.
…to rise up even in times of humiliation and exhaustion,
…to rise up in determination
…to rise up in the midst of my own degradation
…to rise up, when mocking voices of the enemy seek my retreat at dawn.
…to rise up, when earthly authority seems to overtake and depose me.
…to rise up, as I look to the Holy Cross of Christ.
Perseverance is the “having done all, to stand” part of your journey. Sometimes all you can do is stand. The Lord must fight for you and that’s what He is doing today on Your behalf. That thing that seems so impossible to overcome is being handled. He’s totally and overwhelmingly capable. Do you trust God enough to let Him do the heavy lifting?