The Road Less Traveled…to Emmaus-May 4, 2014
This month’s theme is The Road Less Traveled I borrowed the idea from the Poem by Robert Frost.
The Road Not Taken
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for the passing there
Had worn them really about them same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no steps had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how what leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
In the television show Undercover Boss the boss dresses in up and enters the day-to-day operations of the company to see how things are going on a ground level. Sometimes what the boss finds is that some things are better than what they expected and in other cases there is room for improvement. Our story today on the Road to Emmaus is very similar to this television show. The Boss (Jesus) shows up unexpectedly in the midst of their day-to-day life and is trying to see how they are doing. These guys do not do so well at first. Jesus is right in front of them and they do not recognize him. Sometimes the Road Less Traveled is not about position (where we are on the road), but about our perspective (how do we understand what we see).
If we follow Jesus He will always put us in the position to see what He needs us to see. I call this G.P.S. (God’s Positioning System). God moves us in the right positions to see things in a new way, God’s way. On the way the two men could not see Jesus for who He was and they tell Jesus about all the things that had happened the last few days. So far so good, but then they finished with the expression of hopeless ness. We had hoped that He was the Messiah the deliver they said. Jesus begins to teach them again the truth of God throughout all the scriptures and then when the men stop for the night, He acts as if He will continue on. The men urge Jesus to stay with them. He then does something very familiar to them He blesses the bread and then breaks it. It is in that moment that they recognize Jesus is alive. It is in that moment they are filled with hope and run all the way back to town seven miles away. Hope was restored, although it should have never left. Often we need a change of perspective more than a change of direction. I think this is captured so well in the song Here I Am to Worship
Light of the world, you stepped down into darkness
Opened my eyes, let me see
Beauty that made this heart adore You
Hope of a life spent with You
Here I am to worship, here I am to bow down
Here I am to say that You’re my God
You’re altogether lovely, altogether worthy
Altogether wonderful to me.
When we see Christ for who He is we will be filled with hope and come to worship Christ because of His wonderful love and sacrifice for us.