Jesus Is Present

Holy Bible on black wooden bench
13 That very day two of them were going to a village named Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, 14 and they were talking with each other about all these things that had happened. 15 While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus himself drew near and went with them. 16 But their eyes were kept from recognizing him. Luke 24:13-16
I wonder how these men reacted to Jesus coming up and walking alongside them. Have you ever had those moments where you feel like you know someone but you can’t place where from or what their name is? Or what about a person who introduces themselves and says that it is great to see you again, but you cannot for the life of you remember where you met them last time? I know I have. And I wonder if these two had any of those similar feelings. I wonder if he seemed familiar or comforting to them. While we don’t know if they did feel any of these ways, we do know that despite them spending time with him before, they did not recognize him now.
We do the same. We don’t always recognize Jesus at work in different situations. Sometimes we get so focused on other aspects of our life that we forget to look for him and see how he is at work. This is the problem the two men face. Despite Jesus being within arms reach of them, they didn’t even notice him but instead focused on everything else that had been going on.
The good news is, despite if we recognize that Jesus is there or not, he will still be there. Just like with the two men, they don’t realize who he was but he stays with them and talks with them. Jesus being present in our lives isn’t based on if we believe him to be there or not. He is there at every moment. What great comfort we can have then in the fact that the Son of God himself stays with us in our lives, no matter how good or bad a day it may be.
Prayer: Father, thank you for all that you have given us each and every day. While we may not realize it, thank you for your Son who stays with us through all the ups and downs in life. As we continue on in our lives continue to strengthen us and remind us to look for where Jesus is working in the situation we are in. Amen.

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