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Open My Eyes 4

I want to mention one more example of someone having an eye-opening experience in the Bible and that is found in the New Testament in Luke 24:13-35.  There we find the account of the two disciples on the road to Emmaus.  While they were walking, a man joined them and asked them about the state of events, and they recounted Jesus' death and expressed their disappointment at what had taken place.

They thought that Jesus was a visitor to Jerusalem and were amazed that He asked such questions, for everyone must have known about Jesus' death.  When the disciples finished, Jesus began to explain what had happened to Him and why it happened from a biblical perspective. 

When Jesus acted like he was going to walk on, the men insisted that He stay and break bread with them, still not knowing who He was.  When Jesus gave thanks and broke bread, it says, "Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight" (Luke 24:31).  I love what the next verse says, "They asked each other, 'Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?'" (Luke 24:32). 

How often Jesus has been walking with me and I didn't recognize Him, especially when I was downcast like those disciples were.  How often I have turned to the Word for understanding and found it and more. How often I have needed Him to open my eyes and, once He has opened them to see the reality of what He was doing, He has "disappeared" -- the test or challenge was over because I saw what I needed to see.

These disciples were true to their principles of hospitality even when they were confused and forlorn.  They thought they were walking home but they were really on a journey with Jesus.  Is that your situation?  Are you tired, confused or bored?  Are you despondent?  You may not need for your circumstances to change, but rather for your view of those circumstances to change.  When these men had their eyes opened, they retraced their steps back to Jerusalem to spread the good news.  When your eyes are opened to see the reality of your situation, you will do the same.

So now I hope you understand why one of my favorite prayers is "Lord, open my eyes to see what I'm not seeing here."  It's a good prayer to pray and I hope you will add it to your own list of prayers.  If you have any stories of how that prayer was answered, please feel free to post it on the site where this entry can be found.

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