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Daily Devotionals

Day 38 – Issue 20

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Be Still Know

Luke 24:15 NLT

As they talked and discussed these things, Jesus himself suddenly came and began walking with them.’

I can remember one of the hardest aspects of being Katey’s carer was the experience of isolation and loneliness. I was facing something completely new and something for which I felt both ill-prepared and ill at ease with. That left a lot of time to think, and thoughts were often tinged with an edge of anger, feeling hard done by, and incompetence.

In much the same way, these two disciples leaving Jerusalem were confused and deeply saddened by the events they had witnessed with the termination of Jesus’ mortal life. No doubt their hearts were heavy as they made their way to Emmaus. Then a stranger falls into step alongside them and listens to their questions and concerns, and engages in dialogue with them.

As I rise from my chosen moments of quiet and enter into my day’s activity, I invite Jesus to accompany me in the way he walked alongside those disciples on the Emmaus Road. I carry questions, disappointments and fears. Any or all of these can be fanned into flame at a moment’s notice. My reaction will reveal instantly where my heart is. Am I rested in Jesus and therefore able to live with the complexities of life, where circumstance may not accord with my preference? Or do I react and reveal that I am in turmoil within, apparently a long way from the friendship with God I profess so confidently? Behaviour is a sure sign of how closely I am walking alongside Jesus.

Recently I accompanied a friend to a hospital appointment and it took far longer than we had budgeted time for. I had to get to another meeting some distance away and time was now against me. Historically I would have fretted within and my comments would have voiced that internal stress, yet made no difference to the reality of my situation. Driving to the station, my friend was surprised when I turned off the road early and enquired where I was going. I’d remembered Mum needed a new fleece and we were close to an excellent outdoor shop so I thought, “Let’s get that now.”

QUESTION: How do you respond when things seem to be stacking up against you during the day?

PRAYER: Holy Spirit, help me keep in step with you throughout this day.

Written by: Miriam Emenike

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