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Luke 24

Father, thank You for Jesus and the life I have in Him!

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Your followers were facing one of the most perplexing times of their lives, Lord.  Having given up everything to follow You for three years, suddenly You were gone.  Their leader had been taken from them and they couldn’t fathom what had just taken place.

I’ve been there, too, Lord … following Your lead, walking through doors You’ve opened, listening for Your guidance.  Then, suddenly the way ahead seems unclear, unmarked, uncertain.  All that I have to go on are Your last words of direction, so I can only keep on following those.

“AS THEY TALKED AND DISCUSSED THESE THINGS WITH EACH OTHER, JESUS HIMSELF CAME UP AND WALKED WITH THEM; BUT THEY WERE KEPT FROM RECOGNIZING HIM.” (v 15-16 NIV)

For Your early followers, You did just what YOU knew they needed in order to comprehend Your plan.  You came alongside them, even though it wasn’t evident to them that it was You.  You spoke to them from what had been written about You in Your Word, bringing to the forefront of their minds the Scriptures they’d learned before.  You fellowshipped with them at different levels, until, at one point, the light came on and they recognized You.  Their reflection on what You’d been trying to say to them became richer.  Later, You continued to open “their minds so they could understand the Scriptures” (v 45 NIV).  THEN, You gave them directions and assurance for the times ahead.

That’s the part I’m looking forward to, Lord — the directions and assurance.  Actually, I’m assured and convinced of Your presence, I’d just be glad to have the directions.  Yet, I know YOU and I’m sure that in YOUR time, I’ll recognize Your plan.  Until then, I’ll wait as You keep making me just like Jesus.  Amen.

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