31 And their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. And he vanished from their sight. 32 They said to each other, “Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?”
There are times when our identity can get a bit lost. We find ourselves in the cycle and groove of “Eat, Sleep, Repeat” and the flashes of colour that allow us to be true to ourselves soon disappear.
I’m sure this has happened many times to many people but when we see these experiences unfold in God’s word right before our eyes we have to sit up and take notice. When we believe that the Bible is Gods unfiltered, inspired word for us, it makes it even more amazing and incredible that the people and their life stories included match our own experiences, many hundreds and thousands of years later.
We look at Martha busy with many jobs and responsibilities, aggrieved that her sister Mary wasn’t supporting her but rather chose to sit at the feet of Jesus. We read of Naomi who lived a life in a foreign land until famine hit her home and fortunes heavily. Whether we are a servant girl in the house of a foreign general or a mother who is barren and made to feel the constant shame of being unable to bear her husband a child, Christ came to break that cycle.
When we begin to see things differently and line our own eyes up to the lens of Christ we find that our cycles and repetitive failures simply fall apart. We may be in prisons of our making or we may have been forced into a situation in which we don’t want to be. When we encounter Christ something amazing happens – we react. It may be positive or negative but it is a reaction nonetheless. Even the disciples on the road to Emmaus had an opinion on their encounter with Christ.
This February, this week, even today, consider Christ and how much he loves you. Be open to some form of encounter with the Master and your life will never be the same.
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