The world is full forgotten heroes that give incredible aid in someone else’s time of need. History will never record their names or the deeds what they accomplished. During this Easter season, I am thinking of one of the unsung helpers that rarely gets recognized, Simon of Cyrene. The day that Jesus Christ was to carry His cross through the city streets to a blood-soaked hill, Simon was there to assist.
“The acid test of a man’s worthwhileness is his response to the uninspired moment.”
Why was Simon in town that day? Wrong place at the wrong time? Unforeseen moment for sure, but not to God. Simon had no clue what moment his life would make history. Isn’t it amazing that, while you woke up this morning with the most normal of intentions for your day, this could be the day for which your life’s history will be recorded by others! The moment you assisted someone in need. Once you step into the way of the cross, as Simon, you find that your life is changed forever.
One cannot help another carry a cross without being changed themselves.
This was Simon’s baptism of fire. When he was grabbed out of the crowd, He was transformed from a spectator to an active participant in the passion of the Christ. Whether he resisted or not is no longer the point. When we are a part of a large crowd, we can remain anonymous. But, when we take the step-or get pushed-out of the crowd, we stand in the spotlight of someone else’s suffering. Sharing in another’s passion holds the promise of transformation!
Simon of Cyrene became aware of what we know when we personally suffer; Christ is present in our suffering, and God knows what we go through. And now, Simon knows also.
When is the last time you stepped out of the crowd of bystanders and made a difference in another’s story? When we are motivated by love, barriers melt away by the heat of our courage to kneel down at the spot of another’s fallen spot. We will do anything for love and concern of the one who is about to die or who is hurting. These are the heroes that make our world breathe with the power and love of the Spirit of God.
Those moments will mark us forever.