“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 . . .” (Luke 24:30-31).
Have you ever wondered how these followers of Jesus, could possibly NOT recognize Him? How after spending all that time with Him, watching Him a He ministered to so many, included themselves, could they not see the truth? As I read and prayed, I began to see the answer God revealed not only to them but to me. Let’s read together:
Luke 24:17 says “He asked them, ‘What are you discussing together as you walk along?’ They stood still, their faces downcast.”
The first thing we see, they were depressed, in despair, and at the loss of one they loved. It is so hard when we are consumed by grief; loss of a loved one; But also those of us with chronic illness, find ourselves over loss mourning loss of ability to function, or just the reality of life with continual pain and difficulty.
Look at Luke 24:21:
But we had hoped that He was the one who was going to redeem Israel.”
What is clouding their view here? Loss of hope, lack of belief (vs 22-24).
Have you, in your chronic Illness journey, ever reached that point? Losing all hope of healing, treatment to help, or spiritual despair that Jesus just isn’t there, you can’t see Him or what He’s doing?
Jesus reminded and reassured them through God’s promises in the Old Testament (vs. 25-27). It wasn’t until Jesus reenacted the last supper that, however, “Their eyes were opened.” Perhaps because that was a specific moment in time Jesus said to remember Him by; that familiarity, that closeness, produced the instantaneous clearing of their vision.
We too can clear the clouds and fog from our view, when we hold onto His Word, His promises, and His memories of faithfulness and provision in our own lives.
Prayer: Thank You, Lord Jesus, for opening our eyes, helping us all to see You more clearly. Father, continue to show us how to defeat those things that would fight to cloud our vision of You, our risen Savior. Amen.
About the author:
Diane Kalata lives in Central Florida, she is blessed to have a wonderful husband, who is also her caregiver in illness, three grown children, one grand baby and more on the way! She is a cancer survivor, but continues to deal with chronic digestive and neuropathic issues. She loves art and writing. Her desire is to continually be an encouragement to others; looking daily for those “God opportunities” to share His love and truth with others.
Do you have a time that you did not recognize Jesus in your own life? What is a remembrance you can draw strength from when your vision of Him is cloudy?
The song is “The Maker” with Chris August. The lyrics and the video both are a beautiful reminder of how great our God is! Take a few minutes to see God–because He sees you. -Lisa