That very day, the first day of the week, two of Jesus’ disciples were going to a village seven miles from Jerusalem called Emmaus, and they were conversing about all the things that had occurred. And it happened that while they were conversing and debating, Jesus himself drew near and walked with them, but their eyes were prevented from recognizing him. (Luke 24:13-16).The disciples on the road to Emmaus are discouraged and downcast, heading away from Jerusalem: The site of the resurrection, the place where they are to go and await the Lord. They have heard the rumors of resurrection, but they cannot believe after such a disastrous and seemingly definitive end to the life and mission of Jesus. Their hope is crushed, their courage has failed them. Have you ever found yourself wandering away from the path set before you by the Lord in the wake of the sorrows, trails and sinfulness of this world? Jesus, who will never abandon us, meets the disciples where they are and probes their hearts. He gives them His mild rebuke: “Oh how foolish you are! How slow of heart to believe all that the prophets spoke!” He then gently instructs and redirects them with the power of His Word.
You have made known to me the paths of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence. Psalm 16:11If there is one thing that we spiritual sojourners constantly face it is the the disorientation of our own sinfulness. Walking toward the Light can be discouraging, like driving into the sun, every spot on our windshield shows. I often find myself tossed to and fro between despairing self-condemnation and blinding self-justification. Both extremes will divert us from our journey into a deeper relationship with the Lord. We fail to move with conviction, or sometimes without our complete awareness, we change our direction and move farther away from the Light at the slightest failure. Like the two disciples, in times of discouragement and sorrow, sometimes we discover we are on a path heading away from our true destination.
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