Two friends walking along a dusty road in the heat of the day meet a stranger who joins them on their journey. Overhearing their conversation, and sensing their downcast mood, he asks the reason for their sadness. They pour out their hearts and their story to this attentive and sensitive listener.
For the two friends on the road, the journey became more than a simple trip back to their homes and families. As they talked, and as they listened in turn to the stranger's words, it became a voyage of discovery: discovery became revelation and revelation, understanding when they invite their fellow traveller to stay and eat with them.
Their eyes are opened as they finally realise that not only have they been travelling with Jesus but have also invited Him to share what they have.
These words, written down in Luke 24 (verses 13 to 49), reminds us that He wants to be part of all we are doing as well as inviting us to share everything He has to offer.
The presence of the Corona virus does not mean that God has deserted us: He has promised to be with us until the end of the age (Matthew 28:20) and He will not disappoint us.
It is no coincidence that Jesus' first recorded words on appearing to His disciples are "Peace be with you" (Luke 24: 36). It's what they - frightened, unsure, isolated and locked in - needed to know: Jesus was with them, even death could not defeat Him. Their world had been turned upside down in an instant, now they were learning to hope again.
None of us could ever imagine such dramatic change happening at such a furious pace as we are currently experiencing. Some of us are stuck behind closed doors,; many, I know, are concerned about the potential impact of the virus on our friends and families. We may not be able to change events but in holding onto Christ and in sharing all he has to offer, our faith not our circumstances will reveal the real basis for hope.
So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. (Colossians 2: 6 & 7)
May God's peace surround you and comfort you today.
Yours in Christ