Faith is a road we walk. It takes us through the wonderful and the terrible times alike. This road has highs and lows and stretches far and wide.
In our darkness, the road can feel lonely; our steps falter, and our hearts and minds slip farther from love and truth.
Have faith, dear one, Jesus has promised that we will not walk that road alone.
When they came to Emmaus, he acted as if he was going on ahead. But they urged him, saying, “Stay with us. It’s nearly evening, and the day is almost over.” So he went in to stay with them. After he took his seat at the table with them, he took the bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Their eyes were opened and they recognized him, but he disappeared from their sight. They said to each other, “Weren’t our hearts on fire when he spoke to us along the road and when he explained the scriptures for us?”
Their eyes were opened. How much of life do we go through with our eyes shut? We can go to church, read the Bible, and think we are walking down the right path, but we can still have our eyes squeezed shut. Recognizing Jesus in the world isn’t as easy as we would like it to be. Things like pain, conflict, oppression, and selfishness close our eyes to the beauty and love that is the Lord.
Jesus’ love is all over the world. It can be in the tiny things that make you laugh and fill your heart with joy. It can be in the beauty of nature or the smile of a stranger. And it’s in the act of recognizing you are not alone in difficult times. We can choose to see the Lord in our surroundings and let that draw us closer to the one who loves us most, or we can choose to close our eyes. But remember, the choice is ours.
Lord, open my eyes. Help me to see you and to see your works in the world. Help me to recognize you in all that I do and everywhere I go. Amen.
Do not fear the road unknown, the twists and turns, and difficult terrain.
Remember the Lord will always meet you where you are.
The journey may be long, and the going may get tough, but it is always easier when you walk the road with a friend.