The scripture reading for today is Luke 24: 13-35
“...They came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels who said He was alive. Then some of our companions went to the tomb and found it just as the woman had said, but they did not see Jesus. He said to them, ‘How foolish you are and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter His glory?’ And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the scriptures concerning himself…Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. They asked each other, ‘Were not our hearts burning within us while He talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?’...”
Rabbi Shemuel ben Nachmani was quoted hundreds of years ago as saying, “We do not see things as they are. We see things as -we- are.”
I think this idea can be applied to Luke 24 when the disciples were blind to the obvious: Christ was walking with them after having risen from the dead! Maybe they were so dismayed after His crucifixion that they forgot His promise of rising again? Maybe their doubts about His promised kingdom kept them from realizing that He had paved the way to an eternal kingdom? Whatever the case, they missed a portion of their interaction with Him because their perceptions were wrong.
We often fail to see Him in our lives because of our clouded glasses of doubt, fear and anxiety, etc. These are feelings we need to try to cast off in faith while clinging to His promises. As we accept with gratitude his gifts to us and throw aside doubt to the contrary, we will eventually SEE.
Prayer Concern: For those struggling with psychological pain and addiction