I Didn’t See It Coming

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Have you ever encountered a situation that was so unexpected it left you stunned?  

Was it an unforeseen job loss, a bad doctor’s report or maybe the betrayal of someone close to you? Regardless of the circumstance, these events blindside us and we grasp at anything trying to make sense of what just happened. It is almost as if we are gasping for our next breath and are momentarily paralyzed in the situation realizing that things will never be the same again. 

We reach out to people close to us and rehash the past event hoping to understand what we could have done differently or to simply arrive at some sort of explanation. We ask ourselves: Why did it happen to meWhy didn’t I see it coming?  How will I go on from here?

There is just something within us which longs for things to fall into logical order and follow our plan.  We resist change even when it is necessary for us to grow and develop skills, deepen relationships, or draw closer to God. 

In Luke 24, we find two unnamed disciples of Jesus bewildered and shocked over His death.   They followed this teacher and prophet because they witnessed His miracles and honestly thought He was the promised Messiah who would deliver them from the heavy oppression of the Roman government. They could not believe how quickly everything changed; one day the crowd was hailing Jesus as the Son of David and in less than one week the crowd angrily clamored around Him, demanding His crucifixion.  

They envisioned being part of His revolution – one that would usher in the kingdom and peace they longed for.  As they walked the 7 miles from Emmaus to Jerusalem all they could do was talk about recent events, just trying to find a logical answer to the nagging question why?

Why had this young man met such a horrific death sentence? Why had the crowd which witnessed all the good things and miracles He performed turned against Him? What would they do now that all hope for a better life was gone? 

They were so caught up in their thoughts that they did not even notice when Jesus started walking alongside them. When He reached them, He asked them a very poignant question: “What kind of conversation is this that you have with one another as you walk and are sad?” Jesus, being God, knew what they were talking about, but He wanted them to talk with Him about it.

What I love most about this story is that it clearly depicts those moments in our lives when difficulty hits and leaves us utterly shaken and lost. We find ourselves so depressed and anxious and it seems like Jesus is nowhere to be found.  We just keep “walking,” rehashing the problem over and over in our head, and telling our story in painstaking detail to anyone who will listen. I am not minimizing the need to talk with others when we experience loss. We all need each other and there is a place for grieving. But sometimes we seek out others and talk to them without taking it to Jesus. 

Your friend, Jesus, wants you to tell Him why you are struggling with situations at times. He is always walking alongside you. Just like He did not belittle these men for being sad, and expressing how they felt, He is not disappointed in you and He understands your pain, anger, despair or frustration. 

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