When he was at table with them, he took the bread and blessed, and broke it, and gave it to them. And their eyes were opened and they recognized him; and he vanished out of their sight. 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?” And they rose that same hour and returned to Jerusalem; and they found the eleven gathered together and those who were with them, who said, “The Lord has risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!” Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he was known to them in the breaking of the bread.
Thought for the Day: See through the fog
That is it, that is how I have been feeling. The Upper Room Devotion this morning was a good reminder of life with Christ, and how we sometimes feel cloudy in where we are in our lives. Waking up very early on the morning I was to leave my summer job at Lake Junaluska, NC, was a special moment for me. I left a week early where I could drive back for my brother’s college graduation where he was graduating with Honors from The University of Tennessee at Martin. I looked forward to driving through the mountains as I made my way home. However, fog set in and instead of the beautiful mountains, all I saw was the fog blocking that view. That fog stayed with me until I was almost out of the mountains – I missed it all. But I did see my brother graduate and my mother, in her proudest moment, pushing him in his wheelchair across the stage to be presented with his diploma. During that time in life, I saw God’s face shining through as my brother graduated. Through the coming years, I had times of much fog in my life but I also had times of much clarity. I graduated, my brother died, I found jobs youth directing, I realized youth directing was not for me, I began teaching, I got married, I lost my husband in a car accident. All of these events took me into fog, into clarity, into fog, and back and forth. I remember after my husband’s death, I made my way back to Lake Junaluska. As I drove into the mountains, there were beautiful blue skies. In my car, I played my favorite compact disk of John Tesh music. It was remarkable. I felt lost inside during that time, but somehow God’s clear voice spoke through those blue skies and the music. I was at peace. Even today, twenty years later, that same music brings a peace whenever I hear it.
Today’s scripture was the story of the Walk to Emmaus when two men walked on the road the third day after Jesus’ crucifixion. A stranger came up to them and they told him the story of what had just happened. They did not know, because they were in their own fog, that Jesus was the man speaking to them. They didn’t know until they asked him to stay with them for the night, and when he broke the bread at supper, that He was Jesus. They were in a fog not seeing what was right in front of them. Then they saw clearly. Isn’t that how many of us are today. Aren’t we in a fog when we are not sure where God is leading, and then when we look back later, we see Him clearly. The fog has lifted.
Prayer: God, thank you for leading us even we do not see you and we do not understand. Please lift the fog in our lives and help us see clearly. We love you today and always. Amen
Prayer Focus: Those living in a fog