Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Who Carries the Cross?

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As the soldiers led him away, 
they seized Simon from Cyrene, 
who was on his way in from the country, 
and put the cross on him 
and made him carry it behind Jesus. 
 Luke 23:26 NIV

Many of us like to do things on our own.
Many of us take pride in our independence and ability to get things done.
Many of us don't like to relinquish control by accepting the help of others.
But, even God was once beaten so badly that he required the help of another to carry his own cross.
This was my "take away" from Easter this year.  I know I had "heard it" before; that a man named Simon had to carry the cross for Jesus on his way to his crucifixion.  But, this year, it was the part of the Easter Story that stood out the most for me.

Even Jesus couldn't take that kind of a beating and still carry his burden alone.

We need the help of others.  
We need the strength of others when our strength has given way.
We often should accept the help that people offer, even if it might not be the kind of help we would prefer.
Do you think God had anything to do with the summoning of Simon of Cyrene?  

Picture it...God has to watch his son be whipped within an inch of his life, mocked, beaten, bloodied, and he couldn't call it off!  He couldn't stop this from happening because it was NECESSARY to save the world.  
God WOULDN'T stop this from happening to Jesus, but he COULD try to lighten his load...
So, as Jesus struggled to carry his own weight, and everyone around knew that there was no way he could carry that cross up to Golgotha, God puts it in the guards' heads, "Hey, grab that man who is passing by...have HIM carry this cross so we can get on with it."
God wouldn't STOP the pain, but he could ease the burden of the cross for Jesus on his way up the hill.  
I wonder how many times God has tried to ease my burden and I have just tossed it aside.  I'm so stubborn, I'm sure it's a countless number of instances.

Tammie, do you want us to bring you a meal?  
No, but thank you.
Tammie, can we help in any way?
No, but thank you.

There are also people who don't KNOW how to help, and actually asking them for help will encourage them for the future!

"Could you take my daughter to school?"
"Are you running to the grocery store?  Could pick up some milk for us?"
"Any chance your son could come over to shovel our driveway?"

Pray:  Father, thank you for sending me help when I need it.  Please, help to humble my heart so I can see the help around me and accept it for what it is; your love-offering to me in the midst of difficult times.  I know you can't take away all our pain here, but help me to appreciate the assistance you give us until we are home with you.  Amen.



8 comments:

  1. Very thoughtful and inspirational article Tammie.

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    1. Oh, thank you!!! I'm so glad it touched you!

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    1. Thanks, Darrell!!! Thank you for reading!!!

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  3. This is exactly what I needed to hear, again, today. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. I'm so glad it helped-God knows what we need to hear, doesn't he??

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  4. Eek. This has hit me right between the eyes... I'm having surgery next week. Several people have specifically offered to help me, and each time I have blithely refused. "Nope, I've got this." Wow. "Help me to humble my heart" indeed. *Thank you*!

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    1. God, please give this person a smooth and successful surgery; surround her/him with helping hands and tender souls to help during recovery! Amen
      Thanks for responding to help me know how this touched you!

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