Luke 23:26 As they led (Jesus) away (to be crucified), they seized a man, Simon of Cyrene, who was coming from the country, and they laid the cross on him, and made him carry it behind Jesus.
This little detail got my attention this morning. We don’t know anything else about Simon of Cyrene except that he carried the cross for Jesus, who was to be crucified. I would guess Simon was surprised by this. Luke says that he was simply “coming from the country” when he was pressed into service. I doubt Simon had any idea, when he woke up that day, that he would be part of a drama that would literally change the world. Or that his name would be forever remembered as one who did a kindness for our Lord Jesus during his final moments on earth.
But that’s how life goes sometimes. What appears to be an ordinary day ends up being something else entirely. Both blessings and tragedies will come upon us when we least expect it. Small acts can become so much more with time. I wonder today what the Lord has in store for me, for you, for us. I just want to be ready.
Lord let it be so. Amen.