«Now as they led Him away, they laid hold of a certain man, Simon a Cyrenian, who was coming from the country, and on him they laid the cross that he might bear it after Jesus» (Luke 23:26).
THE ONLY THING Ursula knew was the country. In spite of the fact that she was thirty years old, this enchanting indigenous woman had never been to the city. Now, carrying her baby, she was looking with surprised eyes at an airplane that was passing incredibly close to them. I heard her exclaim in her Cabecar language, completely overwhelmed. She pointed to the large airplane that had left her with her mouth open and her mind astonished. The city had nothing to do with her mountain, where calm reigned. She had never imagined the noise, the movement, the hustle and bustle, the racket, and the visual impact that characterize life in a metropolis.
I also imagine how profoundly shaken a man named Simon from Cyrene was two thousand years ago. The Bible text says that he «was coming from the country.» There was that peasant in a place and on a day with a racket, a movement, a hustle and bustle, and a visual impact that he never could have imagined. He «meets the throng. He hears the taunts and ribaldry of the crowd; he hears the words contemptuously repeated, Make way for the King of the Jews! He stops in astonishment at the scene; and as he expresses his compassion, they seize him and place the cross upon his shoulders. Simon had heard of Jesus. His sons were believers in the Saviour, but he himself was not a disciple. The bearing of the cross to Calvary was a blessing to Simon, and he was ever after grateful for this providence. It led him to take upon himself the cross of Christ from choice, and ever cheerfully stand beneath its burden» (White, The Desire of Ages, ch. 78, p. 742).
Why was this mission of bearing the cross not entrusted to a disciple who knew the Master well? Why was it given to Simon? It is because God seeks us where we are to lead us to understand the plan of salvation and accept Christ as our personal Savior. Whether you live in the country or are from the city, whether you have Internet access in your home or not, God is seeking you where you are. And you know, just like Simon just like Ursula, the Lord is very dose to you, leading your life.