When We Don't See Him Right Next to Us

He draws near.  And we don't recognize him.  

I know I can't be the only one who has also had the experience of the disciples on the way to Emmaus. One of the richest Gospel stories, the journey to Emmaus retold by Luke, was the reading for today and I was struck by this line.  That sometimes Jesus is right there next to us, walking with us and yet we fail to see.  How could they not see?  The Scripture doesn't make it clear whether that is their own "fault" or whether it was God's doing, but today I prefer to think that it was God.  That God for a greater purpose shielded their eyes from recognizing that he was there, right next to them, guiding them, speaking words of life and understanding to their souls, and making their hearts burn within them.

Often, it's only when we walk blinded from his presence for a while that we can better appreciate it when his purpose, his plan is finally revealed.  Often it is that darkness that makes us yearn all the more for the light and often it is only by that time of confusion and darkness that we can fully understand and enter into his plan for us.  How easy it is to look back sometimes and see what he was doing all that time that we felt alone and confused.

He's there, sweet friend.  The one going through that suffering that seems insurmountable.  The one whose heart has been broken.  The one who feels empty, alone, and without hope.  He is there walking with you in the darkness.  For some greater reason you can't see it now but the redemption is near.  The healing is possible.  Whatever that path is that you are on, he is right there waiting for the right moment to show you.  He is there leading you to a resurrection greater than you can ever imagine.  No, you are not alone, friend.  The lover of your heart is right there next to you.  Keep going with him and don't give up.

{Sunday Scripture Snapshots}


  1. An interesting revelation for me yesterday...I can't see Him because I am looking inward instead of looking for Him. What a sad concept, but so important to realize.

  2. Beautiful reflection, Mary.

  3. This has been one of my most favorite readings since college! It always makes me happy. Especially the ending. He was made known to them in the breaking of the bread. I think of Mass and I get excited. Their hearts were burning in being so close to His Goodness and Love! Lately, I've been thinking about His Presence being made known in breaking bread with friends and family when we have them over at our home to break bread together. So many applications for this wonderful story that involves journey, revelation, gifts, and so much love! Love it!

    1. I know! I love how there are just so many messages woven into it. Love the idea of breaking bread with friends and family...I've been noticing that a lot, too!

  4. I just love this! What a beautiful post.


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