“As they led Jesus away, a man named Simon, who was from Cyrene, happened to be coming in from the countryside. The soldiers seized him and put the cross on him and made him carry it behind Jesus. And they went out to a place called Golgotha (which means “Place of the Skull”).”
-Luke 23:26; Matthew 27:33
Jesus had just been beaten, whipped, mocked, ridiculed, and sentenced to death. You could say he was at his lowest low. He was at the end of himself, waiting for His Father to finish the rest. A large, heavy, wooden cross was placed on his blood smeared body to carry. As exhausted as he was, he kept trudging along the path that lead to salvation. But it was not easy...the cross became too heavy for his tired body, and he fell. He could no longer carry his cross. But then, Simon appears and picks the cross off the floor and helps Jesus get to his destination. Because of Simon’s help in carrying the cross, Jesus was able to reach Golgotha and carry out his plan of salvation.
Often times, we are beaten by rejection, whipped with deceit, ridiculed by Satan’s lies, and sometimes our trials are so bad they seem like a death sentence. We reach our lowest low and we’re not even sure which direction we need to go. We’re not sure of where God wants us or what our pain is teaching us. What’s the point of my trial, Jesus? What are you showing me? It can get so bad, that we fall flat on our face pinned by the weight of our cross that is too heavy to bear. With your “Golgotha” in sight, it can be blurred by the sweat and tears in your eyes to the point where you have forgotten why you were headed down that path.
Jesus was heading to Golgotha to be crucified so that we could be saved. He kept marching on because of his love for us. He had us in mind and took on the pain and shame of the cross. When we are going through trials, we are headed to a ‘crucifixion’ of our own. With the weight of the cross on our back, we too, march on to Golgotha to put an end to the trial. We march on to be crucified with Christ, so that it is no longer we who live, but him who lives in us! We march on to Golgotha, so we can have true life.
I love helping people and being there for others, but I find it hard sometimes to let people be there for me. However, when I was at my lowest, beaten by the pain of my trial, and too tired to keep moving, I let go of my cross and allowed a special mentor in my life to help carry it for me. She journeyed with me every day and made sure I was okay. She offered prayer and counsel, but her biggest gift to me was her friendship. She expressed Jesus’ love for me every time I doubted it. She especially never let me give up when I was too tired to keep going. I had finally let someone carry my cross and it changed my life forever.
We’re not meant to bear the weight of the cross alone. That is why, the Wild + Faith team is opening a place where anyone who is struggling with a problem in their life can be open and honest with us and receive hope, love, and freedom from Christ. Sister, I want to help carry your cross. If you’re reading this and you feel that you’re alone or are too afraid to say something to someone, please know that you can confide in us. We are here for you and we never want any of you to take this tiring, painful, stretching path on your own. I don’t know what your cross looks like. Maybe your cross is financial problems, marital problems, spiritual problems, self-love problems, friendship problems, anxiety, fear of the unknown, relationships, unemployment, illnesses, social injustice, and so on. Whatever it is, this is a judgment free zone and we want to help. No one should have to go through these things alone. We want to help you get to the place of the skull so you can put this trial to death and move forward from it. We want to help you. Jesus had Simon help him carry his cross, now let us help carry yours!
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Alexy Gatica is first and foremost a daughter of the Most High, and second a sister to all. She has a gift of loving her fellow sisters and empowering them. A call that she only learned about later in life, but has since then taken it to the next level. Her faith journey is one that has taken her from the US to Palau, from Georgia to Michigan, from psychologist to minister, and to wherever God takes her next. You can follow Alexy’s adventure here @alexygatica