34-year-old Acie Burleson has been called to take on a radical journey for the Lord.
He’s walking from South Carolina to the Grand Canyon carrying a large wooden cross on his shoulders the entire way.
He’s witnessed many miracles along the way, but one stands out above the rest.
“There was a woman driving and she was just looking at me, so I waved like ‘Hello’ and kept walking. She then cut me off and is just falling out of her window weeping and crying.
“Just like that, crying, and I was like, ‘Oh my gosh what’s wrong? What happened? Are you alright?’ and she said, ‘I was one block away from killing myself and you stopped me.’”
Burleson wasn’t even going to walk that day. Of course every day would be optimal, but something was fighting him. His energy was low and desire to take a day of rest was growing.
But his wife and kids encouraged him, saying that he should listen to God. He decided to get up and go.
“I wasn’t going to walk that day,” he said. “I didn’t feel like it, and my wife encouraged me to get up and go.”
And so, this woman, on the verge of suicide, saw Burleson carrying his Cross and decided not to end her own life!
Burleson reported this story to the Carolina News, along with a few more. His growing number of miracle stories similar to this one are showing him firsthand that this call from God is so much greater than a simple act of obedience. God is saving souls and physical lives by Burleson’s willingness to keep an attitude of “Yes, Lord”.
Burleson is choosing to obey, and when he left his home in South Carolina with eyes set for the Grand Canyon, he predicted it would be about a three-month journey.
Burleson is amazed and overwhelmed to be part of His Kingdom plan in such a meaningful way.
CBN News reports, “Since the start of his journey, he has been sharing the gospel of Christ along the way, telling people to ‘pray and be ready for the coming of Christ.’”
Burleson reported to them that his salvation story led quickly into this unique calling. He just has to keep growing, by faithful response to Him. “Anything to help get God’s word out” is his mindset upon each request.
“When I got saved, God called me out to be a walking memorial for him,” he said. “I’ve never done a long distance like this before. Most of the time it was just town to town. This is the big one. I’m going all out.”
Other amazing stories Burleson shared from this particular journey include Jesus in every detail.
Some people simply stop and ask questions, which mostly ends in praying together to the Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
“One guy turned his car around and immediately started trembling and tearing up when he approached me. God knew he needed that, that day.”
One amazing aspect of this journey is something Burleson carries with him and has yet to use at all: a tent. CBN notes that “he’s met so many generous people and churches along the way that he hasn’t had to use it.”
Hebrews 13 verses 1-3 say a few things related to Burleson’s tale that we would be wise to heed:
“Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters.” We are called to serve God by obeying Him. The Bible makes it clear that obeying God is loving Him and that is only possible because He first loved (serves) us!
Other passages of Scripture speak of serving one another as unto the Lord, explaining that by doing so God literally counts it as though we were serving Him directly.
Burleson does this in the sense of putting others far above himself; his life is devoted to serving others as he serves God. Currently it takes the form of this cross journey.
“Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.”
Part of the Burleson miracle story is found in the tent detail. By God’s mercy and grace evidenced through other’s hospitality, this man is able to keep serving God at a high capacity, with greater revitalization.
The hospitality of others is enhancing the gospel message. We have the opportunity to be hospitable in our everyday lives.
This may look like inviting someone into our home as many have done for Burleson. Or it may be inviting people into our lives, creating space for them. They may need a safe space to unload something weighing heavy on their heart.
To be a living sacrifice for Jesus means to be available for others when they need us even when inconvenient.
“Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.”
Keeping perspective about the souls around us is paramount.
Without God, the souls we walk with, drive by, interact with are prisoners of sin. They are mistreating the image of God in which they were created, and mistreating the image created in others.
We know the Key, the Hope, the Life. Living in such a way that views every soul like this would surely shift our daily attitude and probably many series of decisions throughout our lives.
Not every one of us is called to carry a literal cross across America in order to respond “Yes” to Jesus.
But each and every one in His Kingdom is called to pick up their cross, become a living sacrifice, and follow Him.
Let us remember this, being reminded by the amazing story Burleson’s life tells daily.