Photo and Commentary ©2022 by Darren Milam
Wednesday, September 21, 2022

While walking in the woods near our home, I came across this plant and blooming flower. I took a few images, as the contrast in colors and the details of the flower and leaf veins caught my eye (and lens). Later, I realized the formation of the flower and buds were basically the shape of a cross. It struck me, not only is nature considered the second book, but our Creator can even be MORE creative by allowing us to see messages in His works.

The cross can be a symbol of many things, to many people. For me, I view it (among other things) as a symbol of hope. Jesus died on one made of wood, in a horrible way. Through His pain and anguish, we have the hope of a better future. A chance to live in peace and harmony, for all eternity. The cross is that reminder of what He had to bear, in order for us to have a chance at all.

When Jesus was calling for disciples to follow Him, He said:

Mark 8:34 (NIV) “…“Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.”

In this situation Jesus symbolized the cross as a focal point – pushing all other concerns aside and only focusing on what truly matters. This too allows the symbol of the cross to be of hope of a better life. You see, when our focus is on the cross, the rest of the world will simply slip away. I pray you (and I) ensure our sights are on the cross.