Timing is Everything??

Since I live so close to where I work, I will often times choose to walk to work as it is faster than driving, finding a place to park and walking thru campus. About a month ago (on the Wednesday before Good Friday) as I hurried out the door I decided it was definitely a walking day if I wanted to be on time. At the end of the day as I was about to leave work my director came in and we started chatting which delayed my leaving. I didn't think too much about it since I had walked and I wasn't in any hurry. The sun was shining and it was a beautiful late afternoon. I had plenty of time. As I was walking to the cross walk to push the signal something in the parking garage across the street caught my eye. I noticed a person staggering back and forth. I also noticed they were carrying something that from a distance appeared to be a walking aid of somekind ... so I just kept walking towards the cross walk thinking they would regain their balance. Then I saw the person just disappear and I realized they had fallen; they had stumbled and taken a nose dive across a cement median in the garage. I quickly crossed the street to find the person still down and when I asked if they were okay, they replied with a help me. The person tried to sit up on their own but when I saw the blood (and not exactly sure where it was coming from) I asked them to stay down and I would get help. I flagged down two valets who contacted security who requested an ambulance.  The person was intoxicated, confused and unable to answer questions. I stayed until they took them away as I was the only witness.

As I walked home I thought about how I was to leave work a little earlier but didn't ... how I was walking instead of driving ... how I chose that path over another. When I reached my own parking lot I found a penny and it reminded me of the story about finding a penny and the gentle reminder that "In God we Trust".  I stood there for a moment as the chopper flew in for a landing at the hospital and just looked upwards.

Once inside I continued to think about the event that transpired in the last 30-45 minutes. I thought about how that day was the Wednesday before Good Friday. Then I thought about Jesus and his walk to the cross. Most of us are familiar with the Easter Story and how Simon from Cyrene, a passer-by, was compelled to carry the cross of Jesus. While I was unable to locate any actual bible verses that state Jesus actually stumbled, resulting in his inability to carry his own cross, it has been suggested that he did. Simon was in the right place at the right time.

Looking back at the person who fell in the parking garage. What burdens did they carry to put them in that position, that place and time?  I will never know the answer but it made me reflect. What burdens do you and I carry?

Easter may have already come and gone, but we are an Easter People. Jesus was stripped and beaten all to carry out a mission ... the burden of bearing our sins so that we can be and are forgiven. "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him." (John 3:16-17)

So the next time you are struggling or stumbling through something ... anything ... I encourage you to remember that Jesus went before us and that we are not alone. We are saved by the Grace of God.

Dear God, Thank you for your Son Jesus and the Easter Blessings we are given daily. We ask that you help us to remember that no matter how big our struggle, you are with us. In your name we pray, Amen.

April Schauer

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