28 As they approached the village to which they were going, Jesus continued on as if he were going farther. 29 But they urged him strongly, “Stay with us, for it is nearly evening; the day is almost over.” So he went in to stay with them. - Luke 24:28-29
Jesus will change your life even when you don’t know it is Jesus. His words are so compelling and transforming you will invite him to stay with you even when you don’t know who you are inviting. I love to read between the lines and let my imagination take over. I can’t claim the in between as gospel truth but I can say it often helps explain human behavior. So I imagine these two men on their way to Emmaus were, yes, being courteous and hospitable and welcomed Jesus to stay with them. But disguised by courtesy was their desire to continue to hear what this man had to say. Something was happening inside of them which was unexplainable. Fearing ridicule and rejection by friends when admitting the impact of Jesus’ words, they simply did the right thing. There is never anything wrong with doing the right thing. But in doing what is right they continued to be in the presence of the resurrected One. Because of their willingness to be vulnerable the evening turned into a transformative experience for them, they recognized Jesus and began telling others what had happened. At times we need to read between the lines of our life and be willing to stay in the presence of God. It is in his presence that bread will be broken, literally or figuratively, and we will recognize Jesus in a brand new way. The old will be gone and the new will come. And we will tell.
Heavenly Father, be present in our life and do something transformative in us today. Do not let us allow you to continue on to some other place but we pray that we will always invite you into our life. In the moment. In the now. Use our vulnerability to speak volumes of newness into us. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.