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Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Ancient Stone Wall by Lilla Frerichs
Ancient Stone Wall by Lilla Frerichs

32 Now as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name. Him they compelled to bear His cross.  Matthew 27:32 NKJV

Spirit Willing

Jesus fell carrying His cross.  His body failed Him though His spirit was willing.  And they chose someone from the crowd of onlookers to help Him carry the cross.  A stranger we all believe,  but he wasn’t a stranger to the Almighty’s plan.  He knew flesh would fail Him.  Before the foundation of the world he chose Simon to help him carry the cross.

As you carry your cross feeling weak and alone.  When you fall because your flesh is weak though your spirit is willing, don’t try to stand on your
own.  Cry out to the one who set someone apart to help you at this very time in your life.

After years of pain and hard labor, Judah has gone into exile. She camps out among the nations, never feels at home. Hunted by all, she’s stuck between a rock and a hard place. Lamentations 1:3 MSG


Vulnerable is hard.  Like being stuck between a rock and a hard place.  But there is security waiting if you trust the one who made the sacrifice for you.  If you trust those in your life in whom He dwells.

When Jesus fell He too was between a rock and a hard place.  Traveling from Gethsemane to Golgotha.

He knows, He knew

You can’t carry this alone.  And you know what?  God knew.  God knows.

Maybe, just maybe, this hard place is what will shape you into Jesus with skin on.  So you can help someone carry their cross too.


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3 thoughts on “Between a Rock and a Hard Place”

  1. I like the “Jesus with skin on” idea……to be more Christ-like….and knowing the same power that raised Jesus from the dead is inside of us…the Comforter…Holy Spirit….makes it more possible! Lovely post…God bless

  2. So true! We are not privy to God’s plans for us, so we must be vulnerable to the good and the bad ad they shape us. We shine God’s love to others by way of our vulnerability and become “Jesus with the skin on.” (love that imagery)

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