Now I see you …

Luke 24:30-32 – When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”

How many times have you bumped into someone that you knew well, but for a second you just didn’t recognise them? For that second or two, or maybe longer, you cannot place who they are, or why they seem familiar. It has happened to all of us, it has certainly happened to me on more than one occasion, although my wife Helen just says it’s my age catching up with me!

Well, I think the truth is this (taking my age or not into consideration), that we struggle to recognise something when it is out of context, when it isn’t where we think it should be. So much of our ability to recognise people is based on where we expect to see them, it is odd to see you teacher or your boss in the shops or your friend from part of your life chatting with a friend from another part of your life without you having introduced them first. These moments take familiar people or objects out of context and we see them but don’t see them at the same time. Like the picture of the car being unveiled, we see the rough shape but none of the detail.. it’s a car, but what colour, what type, what year… and so the same happened for the disciples walking down that Emmaus road.

The knew Jesus well, would have heard His words so many times, would have seen his mannerisms countless times, would have known how He walked … they knew Him so well, yet they didn’t recognise Him as he walked with them down towards Emmaus (you can read the full episode in Luke 24:13-35). And they didn’t recognise Him because he was somewhere they didn’t expect Him to be… he was with them when they thought He was still dead. We get the luxury, in the way the bible is laid out for us, of knowing that Jesus rose from the dead, but this point in their journey they wouldn’t have known. They were living in difficult times and not expecting to see Jesus again.

Now the similarity for us is that we are also all living in difficult times currently, where we differ from theses men is that we know Jesus is risen. However, another place where we might be similar to these men is that we may miss seeing Jesus where we don’t expect to see Him at work. We are separated from our friends, family, churches… all our familiar places, so where may Jesus be active in your life now? Who is it that you see in the week that you wouldn’t normally see? Are there books you are reading that speak of God’s work? Do you have the time to write letters to people? Do you have the time to pray more? Is Jesus walking with you in ways you haven’t yet recognised …?

Because the truth is this, He is with you no matter what road you are on, just look a little closer if you can’t see Him, look for those tell tale signs of His presence …