Walking With Jesus
I don’t know about you, but I’m starting to have trouble remembering what day of the week it is…
Monday? Thursday? Tuesday?
But if you’re like me then you’re probably starting to get a little bit tired of the new life that this pandemic has created for you. The excitement and novelty (if there was any to start out with) has all ebbed away by now, leaving you with nothing but the crushing weight of reality. A new normal with no foreseeable end in sight, where each day seems to present more questions with no new answers.
If this feels relatable, just know I’m right there with you. This is hard…It’s hard for you, it’s hard for me…it’s hard for more people than you probably imagine.
The emotional toll that this sort of thing takes on a person is nothing to be sneezed at, and fear, loneliness, and anxiety are all very real things that I think almost everyone is experiencing to some capacity right now.
But while reading a passage from Luke today I was reminded of a very important truth, which is that even in our longing for things to be different, Jesus is still walking with us.
The passage I was reading was Luke 24:13-35 where Jesus walks on the road to Emmaus with two of his disciples. Verses 13-18 and 25-27 say,
Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem. They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; but they were kept from recognizing him.
He asked them, “What are you discussing together as you walk along?”
They stood still, their faces downcast. One of them, named Cleopas, asked him, “Are you the only one visiting Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?”… 25 He said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?” And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.
Here, Jesus’ disciples were walking along, most likely feeling a bit hopeless about how they thought things had turned out. I’m sure they wished that things could be different than the way they were perceiving them. But what they had yet to realize was that not only was God working through this tragedy they had experienced, but Jesus himself was walking right there with them, helping them see the truth.
Friends, I believe that in many ways this picture is very true for us today as well.
In the midst of our hopelessness it can be so easy to not recognize that Jesus is walking right beside us, talking us through it all, but he still is! He wants to be present with us, and he wants us to clearly and truly see his presence in whatever situation we find ourselves in.
Remember that we don’t have to travel this difficult road alone, and if-and-when things feel too heavy to hold, his nail pierced hands are open to take your burdens on himself.
As he did on the cross and will always continue to do.