When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight. Luke 24:30-10
In the gospel of Luke we read one of seven post-resurrection stories. It’s a strange one. Luke is the sole reporter of the road to Emmaus. The disciples were deeply disappointed. This seven mile walk gave the two disciples plenty of time to ruminate over past events. So focused were they on their speculations that they failed to recognize Jesus when he joined them on the journey. Who can blame them? They thought he was dead! These guys were blind as bats; they could not see what was right there in front of them – the risen Lord.
Even in their blindness, we find hints that all is not lost. They treat the stranger with kindness; their hearts respond to the message even if their eyes are unseeing. And then this happens. They recognize Jesus. And then he vanishes from sight!
Arggghhhhh! Can you relate? Moments, glimpses of God and then “poof”, our awareness of his presence evaporates. Happens to me all the time.
So many times events in my life only make sense with the passage of time.
Today, can you grant yourself the grace and patience to accept this? No matter what “is”….no matter what the present suffering or disappointment….could you take a moment and remind yourself that two disciples have shown us how to walk along the road of life.
Treat everyone with kindness (even the folks you think are crazy); be confused, discouraged, whatever AND anticipate the possibility that at any moment you might be encountering Jesus. Don’t expect spiritual awakenings to last for long periods of time, but do use them to inform your steps as you continue to navigate life.
Luke has a LOT to say to us about hope, suffering and carrying on. I pray that today is one of those days when you have vision to see God’s presence in your life!