|Painting by Greg Olson|
God walks in and through our lives. He comes in many guises. For Moses it was a bush that burned but was not consumed. Jacob marvels, "Surely the Lord is in this place, and I was not aware of it." Joseph was sold as a slave in order to save Israel in a time of famine.
On the road to Emmaus, Cleopas and his friend talked about how they had hoped that Jesus was going to redeem Israel but now He was dead. They walked, downcast in heart and spirit, while all along, He walked beside them and they knew Him not.
And when are we the most unaware of the One who walks with us?
It is often in the most difficult and troubling of circumstances. Hopes dashed. Dreams gone. At sometime in each of our lives He comes in the guise of suffering and gently weaves threads of purpose amidst the pain.
Like those on the road to Emmaus we too often walk with downcast head and heart. Easily filled with anger, self-pity and bitterness. This is not what we wanted nor what we expected.
The contortions of the heart often blind us to that which is within our soul. Never alone, He walks with us through the still and through the storm.
It is often in the desolate places that God's voice is heard more clearly. But few go there of their own accord. It is a path not willingly chosen. Sometimes it is God's will to push us to those places that strip and lay bare the intents of the heart and soul
It happened to Elijah and it will happen to us.
"When Elijah saw how things were, he ran for dear life to Beersheba, far in the south of Judah. He left his young servant there and then went on into the desert another day's journey. He came to a lone broom bush and collapsed in its shade, wanting in the worst way to be done with it all—to just die: "Enough of this, GOD! Take my life—I'm ready to join my ancestors in the grave!" Exhausted, he fell asleep under the lone broom bush." 1 Kings 19:3-5 The Message
Yet in this darkest of seasons (after the highest of victories) Elijah learned to recognize that God was in the storm, the fire, the wind and He also was in the still small voice.
God walks with us along life's road even when we cannot see it.
Lord, like the disciples on the road to Emmaus, open our eyes so that we may see You.
Never alone. Not forsaken.