On the heals of Easter, it’s tempting to move on to what’s next. Stuff such as Spring cleaning, Mother’s Day, graduation prep, etc can require our attention so much that Easter could quickly be forgotten. But let’s keep in mind that after Jesus’ resurrection, He appeared to folk unexpectedly. And maybe it was difficult to recognize Jesus because there was lots of emotional intensity that made recognition more difficult. Here are a few emotions that maybe cause us to struggle to recognize Jesus:
fear: the disciples huddled together in fear after Jesus’ death. Jesus appeared to them despite their fear
grief: maybe it was difficult for Mary Magdalene to recognize Jesus in the Garden after His resurrection because grief was so overwhelming. Jesus appeared to her, nonetheless
uncertainty: on the road to Emmaus, some of Jesus followers were trying to figure out what had just happened after His crucifixion and “disappearance.” Jesus walked with them on their journey and helped them understand what just happened
doubt: Thomas was missing when Jesus made His first appearance to the disciples after His resurrection. Jesus came back to untangle Thomas’ doubt.
Let’s keep looking for Jesus because we can find and experience Him everyday because He’s alive!
Rental cars are interesting. My husband & I are in some kind of hybrid skateboard car thing & it’s kind of tricky to know if it’s on. It doesn’t “turn over” with the ignition like a normal car so my husband kept trying to turn the key & start the engine without realizing that it was already on.
Sometimes I think we treat God this way – are You there? I can’t feel, hear, see, smell touch You, so You must be absent. All the while, God is more than with us & totally engaged throughout our lives, no matter our recognition or lack of recognition.
I’m presently at the eye doctor’s with my son for his first eye exam. We are in a dark room & they have him focusing, concentrating & answering lots of questions. Of course I’m sitting I the room with him & I’m pretty tuned into what they’re doing & asking him.
Sometimes I think that we are like my son right now – doing life, concentrating & trying to give the best answers that we can. In the meantime, it’s important for each of us to know that God is always present, no matter how dark it is around us, no matter how much we’re concentrating on our immediate environs & no matter how hard we are trying to do the right thing. God is always present & that means that we are never detached from Genuine Love 🙂