Swimming Upstream: “The Cross”


Do you like to read? Do you want to be inspired?

Then, I felt the Lord speak, Arthur, you’ve been praying about wanting to carry the cross behind the Iron Curtain and the Berlin Wall. There are no walls! The walls, the iron curtains, are in your mind. I don’t have an iron curtain. (The Cross, pp. 183)

For me, this single quote on page 183 was well-worth the price of the book. It blew away every obstacle I had about San Francisco or Oakland or Compton or wherever.

There are no walls for God and His Son, Jesus!

And Arthur Blessitt’s 38,102-mile  journey over thirty-eight years proves these words are true.

He has carried his wooden cross through Palestine, Israel, Russia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Saudia Arabia, Iran, North Korea and about three hundred other nations. He has prayed with  Yasser Arafat and President George Bush. He stood before a firing squad. He walked through the Darien Gap…and lived.

Since that Louisiana summer many, many years ago, I have been consumed with asking Jesus what He wants me to do with my life. I have repeatedly asked Him these two questions: Where do You want me to go? What do you want me to do? (The Cross,  pp. 21-22)

Then, there is the story about Blessitt running for U.S. president and carrying the cross throughout his 1976 campaign:

I didn’t want to tell them I was running for president. I would pray: Lord, let me witness to them about You. I don’t mind sharing about the cross, but if I tell them I’m running for president, they’ll think I’m crazy! Why do You humiliate me? You know what they’ll think. No one will vote for a wet, poor, cross-carrying hitchhiker anyway. Why do You make me do this?  (The Cross, pp. 160-161)

Will Rogers stated, “We can’t all be heroes. Some of us have to sit on the curb and applaud as they walk by.”

You know, we curb sitters love heroes; and Arthur Blessitt is one of them. His book absolutely blessed me.

Maybe, it will do the same for you.

The Cross by Arthur Blessitt, published by Authentic Publishing.

221 pages, trade paper back, $17.99. ($12.23 from Amazon)

Swimming Upstream appears at this blog site on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. It’s  a little of this and a little of that, all written  to encourage and exhort believers in their Christian journeys.


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3 responses to “Swimming Upstream: “The Cross”

  1. fireball3316

    that is cool, and i love that quote too! there are no walls with God! he makes the way! he opens the door and removes the mountain! i love that about God!

  2. I plan on getting this book, thanks, I didn’t know it was a book… I wanted to see the movie, but it didn’t show in my area. Blessings to you, robin

  3. mom2olivia,

    Thanks for your comments.

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