Revealed in My Pain

Luke 24:13-35 - The road to Emmaus

As the story goes two guys were walking away from Jerusalem on the third day after the crucifixion of Christ. They were pretty down in the dumps and talked about all that had happened. They were joined by the risen Christ, but were so caught up in their pain and sadness, they didn’t even recognize him. I’ve been on that road a few times; Focusing my time and attention on the circumstances rather than my savior.

Last Thursday was the day we recognized the events that lead up to Christ’s execution on the cross. I was having a rather bad day and stayed away from services because my pain was too great; So great that as I brushed my teeth I began to cry. I am pretty good at keeping things in and not letting this broken body get to me but sometimes I am just not that strong. This was one of those times when the flood gates opened.
I looked up from my sink and saw my red weepy eyes, toothpaste dripping down my chin and thought I was a sorry site…then it hit me what day it was. And I do mean hit me, like a punch in the gut. “My Lord, you suffered so much for me! You endured pain, humiliation, torture that I cannot even imagine. And you did it to show your love for me!”

Jesus revealed himself in my pain once again, turning my attention away from my circumstances and back on Him. The pain didn’t go away, but I knew I wasn’t alone in my suffering.

Abba, help me. Help me to turn my eyes upon you instead of my circumstances. Thank-you for sharing my pain, and lifting my burden. Amen

Julie Weldon

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