A 34-year-old man is on a 2,000-mile spiritual journey from his home state of South Carolina to the Grand Canyon while carrying a wooden cross on his back.
A very specific bible verse comes to mind when you come to think much into this story. In Matthew 16:24, Jesus said, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.”
Acie Burleson did just that quite literally. He made the wooden cross himself before embarking on his journey as a demonstration of his devotion to Jesus Christ.
On a recent Facebook video, Acie revealed, “The moment that I gave my life to God, my life was radically changed, and that’s what makes this walk kind of easy- is Jesus. Jesus is amazing.”
The husband and father of four told Fox News that God told him to share the good news of the gospel and tell people to “pray and be ready for the coming of Christ.”
Acie carries a small tent with him, but hasn’t had to use it yet due to the kindness of strangers and especially churches he’s encountered along the way who offer him shelter. “I prepared myself to spend nights outside, by carrying a one-man tent on the back of my cross, but since the day I left, I’ve not had to use it! God has provided everything!” he said.
He started his journey on March 11 and estimates he will reach his destination by the end of May. As he moves from town to town along roads, he said he hopes the imagery spreads the message to motorists about the sacrifices Jesus made. He also uses the chance to spread the gospel to others.
While he doesn’t know what he will do when he finally gets to his destination, the Grand Canyon, Acie revealed that he already witnessed several miraculous stories.
“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,” Acie told the Carolina News and Reporter.
“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,’” he said.
In another incident a man approached him shaking with tears, as if he needed a sign from God. “One guy turned his car around and immediately started trembling and tearing up when he approached me. God knew he needed that that day,” Acie said.
During the course of his trip, Acie said that while most people have been receptive with some even stopping to offer him a word of encouragement, a ride or even a prayer, there have been a few skeptics as well but those wouldn’t stop him.
“I encourage anyone who is being called by God, not to be afraid to step out of the boat! It’s time for the laborers to start working!” he said. “God WILL provide! I’m living proof. People need Jesus now more than ever!”
Feel free to keep up with Acie and his journey on his Facebook page here.