March 12, 2012

And that's the kind of day it's been

Lloyd Robertson, a pillar in Canadian broadcast journalism, always ended his broadcasts with the comment, "and that's the kind of day it's been."  So what was your day like today?  Mine was a Cleopas kind of day.

He was one of the men trudging along the road to Emmaus on that first Easter Sunday.  In the middle of their walking and talking, Jesus came along side them but they were unable to recognize him. Cleopas kept complaining about the events of the past few days.

Luke 24:13-24 (The Message)
That same day two of them were walking to the village Emmaus, about seven miles out of Jerusalem. They were deep in conversation, going over all these things that had happened. In the middle of their talk and questions, Jesus came up and walked along with them. But they were not able to recognize who he was. He asked, "What's this you're discussing so intently as you walk along?"   
They just stood there, long-faced, like they had lost their best friend. Then one of them, his name was Cleopas, said, "Are you the only one in Jerusalem who hasn't heard what's happened during the last few days?" He said, "What has happened?"

They said, "The things that happened to Jesus the Nazarene. He was a man of God, a prophet, dynamic in work and word, blessed by both God and all the people. Then our high priests and leaders betrayed him, got him sentenced to death, and crucified him. And we had our hopes up that he was the One, the One about to deliver Israel. And it is now the third day since it happened. But now some of our women have completely confused us. Early this morning they were at the tomb and couldn't find his body. They came back with the story that they had seen a vision of angels who said he was alive. Some of our friends went off to the tomb to check and found it empty just as the women said, but they didn't see Jesus." (emphasis mine)

Like Cleopas I found myself "going over all these things that had happened" AND with the long-face, clearly evident to those I love.

How easy it is to fall into the trap of "feelings".  Oh, I never want to become so blinded to His Presence even as He walks right beside me.

The word of God brings us comfort but also correction.  So I make a choice to align myself to the wisdom and truth of God's word:

I will behave myself wisely in a perfect way. O when wilt thou come unto me? I will walk within my house with a perfect heart. Psalm 101:2

And that's the kind of day it's been. How was yours?

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