Open to Surprise

Isn’t it a little crazy how it’s not until after something happens that you realize what it really was? The time you had to answer a phone call and were late driving to the gym and you missed that big accident. Or, the conversation with a friend over coffee where he shared a parenting tip that changed your relationship with your son for the better.

That’s what happened to the disciples after Jesus’ death. (Luke 24:13-32) A man joined them and led a conversation that was life-changing, but the impact and the idea that Jesus was the “man” walking with them didn’t come to them until afterward.

Suzanne Guthrie writes: “How often insight occurs indirectly, slipping in sideways from the unconscious, or, while your eyes, blurry in daydreaming, lose their focus. How often a problem solves itself in twilight sleep, in the shower or garden, while you’ve ceased to concentrate on the puzzle. Living in the post-resurrection world means cultivating some kind of extra sense - and being open to surprise.

When we live as people of the resurrection we must be willing to look back and see where Jesus was present. I think when we can do that it’s our practice so that we might be able to more easily see Jesus’ presence in the present. How cool is that?

We’ll be looking for you tomorrow at 9:00 or 10:30 as we gather in the presence of risen Christ – together we can cultivate that extra sense of knowing Jesus.

Grace and peace,

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