Today is the first day back to normalcy…spring break for us is over…the staying up too late…sleeping in…doing things other than chores…you know, having fun! We had a nice break from routine and it was a perfect balance of leisure and accomplishing a few tasks as well.
But I am ready to be back on track…ready to get up earlier again…to tackle the laundry…the clutter…I need some order once again.
Today I also realized that in about 8 weeks…my oldest will graduate from high school…I can’t even put the multitude of feelings that slosh through my being…but it is happening…and I feel a bit overwhelmed by the mere thought.
If you have a moment…will you read what I read this morning…Luke 24: 13-16:
“Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem. They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; but they were kept from recognizing him.”
The New King James and Amplified Versions translate the above verses like this:
“Now behold, two of them were traveling that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was seven miles from Jerusalem. And they talked together of all these things which had happened. So it was, while they conversed and reasoned, that Jesus Himself drew near and went with them. But their eyes were restrained, so that they did not know Him.”
“And behold, that very day two of [the disciples] were going to a village called Emmaus, [which is] about seven miles from Jerusalem.
And they were talking with each other about all these things that had occurred.
And while they were conversing and discussing together, Jesus Himself caught up with them and was already accompanying them.
But their eyes were held, so that they did not recognize Him.”
This morning, I read the whole account of when Jesus walks with the two disciples on the road to Emmaus…how He teaches the twosome…He breaks bread with them…and finally they recognize Him…He appears to the other disciples…He declares peace to be with them…He allows them to feed Him…He opens their minds…they understand the Word…He is taken up from their view but not before blessing them…how they worship and are filled with great joy…they stay continually at the temple…praising God.
In fact, the Gospel of Luke ends with telling us that the disciples stayed continually at the temple, praising God…that’s what an encounter with the Risen Lord can do…it is accompanied by endless worship…JOY!
Imagine yourself today…burdened by many things…it could be high and lofty things…such as our world condition…so many that do not know our Lord…it could be things of earth…such as finances…disagreements…sin…fear…the future…a house of clutter…
Now picture that you are talking with your friend…maybe you are walking through a park…I hate to say in this day and age…you maybe driving and talking on your cell phone…you are discussing all that has happened…all that gives you pain…all that grieves your heart….and you don’t even realize that as you are talking and sharing the load…that Jesus has joined you…in the three versions it says…Jesus himself came up and walked along with them…Jesus Himself drew near and went with them…Jesus Himself caught up with them and was already accompanying them…
However…in each version, it also says that they did not know Him…recognize Him… or were kept from recognizing Him. Why don’t we recognize or know Jesus when we see Him? What can keep us from recognizing Him?
I want to be caught!
I want to know my Faithful Friend…I want to share all my cares and concerns with Him…I want to know Him and have eyes to really see Him…I want to allow Him to declare PEACE over my life…I want to be fed by Him…I want to use the gifts that are from Him to feed Him right back…I want Him to teach me…I want Him to open my eyes to His Word…I don’t want to miss His blessings…I don’t want to leave the temple…but remain…abide with complete joy…and full of worship.
I said at the beginning that I am overwhelmed by something that should only fill me with utter joy…I have not seen Jesus…I have been kept from recognizing Him by a multitude of stuff.
Today I desire to lay down the stuff…that which keeps Jesus out of my line of sight…and ask Him what I am to pick up…what is straw…what is gold…
What keeps you from recognizing Jesus? Have you encountered Him today as you walked down your road? Did His shoulder brush yours? Did He lightly move the hair out of your face so you could fully take Him in? Did your heart burn like the disciples?
Precious ones…He longs to draw near to you…let Him catch you today…won’t you?!
It’s the ultimate game of tag…our job is to make the finding easy for Him!