“They came near the village where they were going, and He gave the impression that He was going farther. But they urged Him: “Stay with us, because it’s almost evening, and now the day is almost over.” So He went in to stay with them.” Luke 24: 28-29
I read Luke 24 this morning and have been pondering the verses above. I wonder how often this still happens? I wonder how often God still positions himself in such a way in our lives where we think it’s our idea (and it is our idea) but it’s really his idea. I love how these verses remind me that God constantly and continually goes out of his way to be a part of our stories. I love how instead of asking to come in to stay with the two men, he sets up the scene so that the two men are the ones doing the inviting.
This to me is significant when it comes to our relationship with Jesus. He walks alongside us, sometimes unrecognizable and sometimes in our saddest hour and waits for us to invite Him in. It’s His goal from the very beginning, to stay with us. But, He waits for us to do the asking. No pressuring, no strong arming,..just perfectly timed positioning…the rest is up to us.
The other idea I thought about was how this account reminds us there is a time for everything. A time to stay and a time to go. The two men urged Jesus to stay, the hour was late, but as soon as their eyes were opened, it was time to go. But, again, Jesus didn’t order them to go, it was their idea. Their eyes had been opened, their priorities had shifted and they knew what they needed to do. “That very hour they got up and returned to Jerusalem.” (V 33) I love how they didn’t sleep on it. What they had witnessed was too important. An hour earlier they were tired and ready to call it a night but now they were awake, fully awake. The only thing they cared about was sharing the good news.
What a beautiful reminder of what takes place when Jesus “just happens’ to cross our path and walk with us and then we invite him to stay with us.Total transformation.The lost are found, the blind can see, and the tired who were ready to put their pajamas on, are suddenly wide awake and ready to journey on!
One little encounter can revitalize us and point our hearts and our eyes back towards what is most important.
Jesus positions himself to be found by us. Let’s be awake enough today to recognize it.