S (Scripture): Luke 24:28 As they came near the village to which they were going, Jesus walked ahead as if he were going on. 29 But they urged him strongly, saying, “Stay with us, because it is almost evening and the day is now nearly over.” So he went in to stay with them. 30 When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight. 32 They said to each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?”
O (Observation): This text comes not from the Daily Moravian texts…but this is the Gospel text assigned for Sunday, April 30, 2017.
These two followers of Jesus received news of Jesus’ death. They are despondent and downtrodden. On their long walk back home, the resurrected Jesus comes alongside these two men and asks what is troubling them. They share that Jesus has suffered and died, not recognizing this stranger is Jesus himself! Jesus reminds them of the salvation stories, starting with Moses and the prophets…on to the current day. But these followers still don’t quite know what to make of this stranger…(who just happens to be the resurrected Jesus!).
Not until Jesus breaks bread with them is he revealed to them, fully. Their “eyes were opened and they recognized him.” Then he left…vanished. And the disciples realize that Jesus was there in their midst, the whole time.
A (Application): We don’t always get it. We don’t always get the fact that Jesus is journeying with us. The world around us is constantly challenging us. Kids’ sports practices. The latest gadget. The dwindling bank account. The competition to succeed. The race to the top. The need to meet the quotas. The rat race….over and over and over again.
Breathe. Just breathe. Let today be the beginning of something new…a break. Just for a few minutes…just for a day…maybe for a few days. Re-charge.
While you are resting…maybe you will have a chance to recognize God’s presence in your midst. While we are running, we have a hard time catching our breath or noticing what God is up to in our lives.
You need some downtime to sit, break bread with others…and notice that God is here. Now. In your presence. Do this “rest” thing with someone you love and trust. See what happens.
Then…get back at it. Go on. But now, know that God is with you. That will change your whole outlook on the race you are running. You will no longer be running the race for yourself…you will realize that you are not running alone. You will see that God is with you on your journey…let God set your pace.
P (Prayer): God, slow us down…pace us…let us know your presence is real. Amen.