One huge, enormous, can’t-miss-it thing I noticed in St. Louis was the Arch. In fact, since it was right by the hotel where the ACFW Conference was held, it was hard not to think about the Arch and what it stands for.
There was a time in our national history when the Mississippi River was as far west as civilization extended. Then brave pioneers on horseback and later in long trains of covered wagons left behind their old lives, crossed the mighty Mississippi River, and ventured into the unknown, seeking a bright future in a new land. Many years later, a monument was proposed to honor their pioneer spirit and celebrate the westward expansion. Shaped like the curved bows that held up the canvas covers on wagons, the 630-foot-tall Gateway Arch monument today stands as a symbol of the place where life changed for thousands.
After rubbing shoulders with so many other Christian writers and being daily reminded of God’s presence during our times of worship or in the prayer room, I couldn’t help but think about another symbol and what it stands for.
The cross. There was a time when humanity was stuck in bondage to sin, separated from the presence of Almighty God by a chasm of disobedience. Then Jesus came. He lived, loved, taught about His Father’s Kingdom, died, defeated death, and rose again all to offer us forgiveness and access to life in a whole new promised land. The cross became the symbol of the place where life changed. The place where my old life of sin and selfishness was left behind and an adventurous journey of faith began.
A new life awaits beyond the arch and the cross.
What about you? Have you started on a new journey? Where did it begin? Is there a symbol that represents that launching place?