April 20, 2020

Luke 24:15-16

“While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus himself drew near and went with them. But their eyes were kept from recognizing him…”

 

One of the beautiful takeaways from Sunday’s sermon was this:

“God is closer than we think.” As these verses from Luke demonstrate, our gracious Lord walks beside us when we sense His presence, and He walks beside us when we do not. 

And the vast majority of my life, I’m afraid to admit… I do not!

A few friends and I were commiserating once during a disappointing and difficult time. Right in the middle one friend interrupted the other and just… started praying!  Like, right then! She cut in mid-sentence, placed a hand of comfort on our friend’s shoulder and blurted out, “Oh, Jesus! Please bring healing and joy to my friend in all this!”

Wait, I wondered… can you DO that? Just pray instantly? Don’t we have to… you know… gather the requests? Lower our heads? Close our eyes?  Tell God we’re ready now?

We are so often like the disciples. We spend enormous energy “talking and discussing together” all of this virus chaos, all of the pain and difficulties and fears we’re feeling right now, and still we are often so slow to actually include GOD in the conversation!  But He understands, and even so He remains closer than we think, always ready, always intending good for us – whether we remember to turn to Him or not. 

“And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Matthew 28:20

 

by Brooks Carlson

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