|On the Road to Emmaus|
|Sunday, May 08 2011|
Can You See Him?
Shortly after Christ's death and resurrection, two of Christ's disciples were walking down a road toward a city named Emmaus. As they were walking along the road, a man approached them and began walking with them. It was Jesus, but they did not recognize Him. They were upset. They did not know of Christ's resurrection, and their whole world was coming apart with the loss of their Savior. These men still did not understand the plan God had in place for Christ, for them, and for the world. Instead, they were grief stricken because things did not go according to their plan. Still unable to recognize the man as Christ, Jesus scolded them. He tried to teach them that the Messiah was made for this purpose, but they still did not seem to understand.
Eventually, the men reached their destination, and they asked Jesus to stay with them because it was already late. As they sat down for dinner, Jesus took the bread, blessed it, and broke it in the same manner as the Last Supper.
"With that their eyes were opened and they recognized him, but he vanished from their sight." -Luke 24:31, NAB
How much does this story parallel our own lives? The men were upset because life was not going the way they had planned. Meanwhile, Christ was walking along side of them, but they still could not recognize Him. Then, when Jesus tried to show them God's will, they still struggled to accept it. Often times, we find ourselves upset with God because life is not going the way we planned it. During our struggles, Christ tries to walk along side us, but we do not even see Him there. When He tries to show us His will, we cannot see it because we are still too focused on our own will. Sometimes, it takes small miracles in our lives before we open up our eyes to see Him.
A few months ago, I experienced this very situation. I was living my life according to my plan, my will. Eventually, it came crashing down on top of me. Upset, I did not know what to do next. It felt like the world, and God, was against me, and I did not understand why. In many ways, I felt very alone. My life had drastically changed overnight, and I was unsure of what to do next. Meanwhile, Christ never left my side. This was in God's plan all along. If I knew then what I know now, I would not have worried as much, but I was locked into my own misery.
It took some time, but I started to see God's plan in my little tragedy. As tough as it was, I decided to follow His plan, no matter where it may lead me. I was scared. It is tough to give up control of our life and give it over to God, but we must! Since that time, God has restored and strengthened important relationships in my life. He has opened the door to new opportunities in my career and elsewhere. My faith has never been stronger. In fact, this website was born during that time. What caused me sorrow, God was using for a greater good. I thought my life had gone completely off track, but this was His plan all along. I can see that now, more than ever.
Life may not be where you want it to be, but it may be exactly where God wants it to be? Whether you know it or not, Christ is there, right by your side. Can you see Him? I can.
For the next few weeks, we will be looking at the 40 days Christ spent on Earth after His resurrection and before His ascension to heaven. Then, that will lead us directly into Pentecost. Some great material coming up!