I'm of course stealing this shamelessly from the "Parson to Person" section of the website of Calvary Chapel on the Georgetown Divide, pastored by my good friend Jay McCarl... thought this was worth... ah... "borrowing," it was so good & thought-provoking...
The Cross Room
The young man was at the end of his rope. Seeing no way out, he dropped to his knees in prayer.
"Lord, I can't go on," he said. "I have too heavy a cross to bear."
The Lord replied, "My son, if you can't bear it's weight, just place your cross inside this room. Then, open that other door, and pick out any cross you wish."
The man was filled with relief.
"Thank you, Lord," he sighed, and he did as he was told.
Upon entering the other door, he saw many crosses, some so large the tops were not visible. Then, he spotted a tiny cross leaning against a far wall.
"I'd like that one, Lord," he whispered.
The Lord replied, "My son, that is the cross you just brought in."