Right Place, Right Time
The story of Simon carrying Jesus' cross for a short time has to be some of the best foreshadowings in the Bible. Little did Simon know that what he did would be referenced for thousands of years to come. He was probably there to see who this Jesus was and then unwillingly pulled into duty. A job that most of us would have loved to step into if given a chance.
Well, this was a model of what we are all called to do in our everyday life...pick up your cross and follow Jesus. Praise God, most of us will never have to experience what Jesus went through to get the point of carrying his cross. But we are called to pick up our cross. Let's examine the process here:
I wonder if Simon's life was any different after he shared that experience with Jesus. Did he feel like he did something wrong? Something right? Did he seek out some of the disciples to find out more about this Jesus? Was he thankful it wasn't him going to the cross?
I'd imagine we can all ask ourselves those same questions after experiencing Jesus in our own life.
I guess the best question to start with is, "were you in the right place at the right time?"
Have you picked up your cross?
How do you carry your cross?
How has it impacted your life?
I'd challenge you to examine your role in carrying your cross. Do you do it out of obligation? Or out of reverence? Put your shoulder into it and carry it like you have a mission.