Last night, BJ and Justin Upton hit home runs to win the game for the Braves against the Cubs. I didn’t see it. I went to bed at 10pm on the dot to be ready for service this morning. If I had just given it 15 more minutes, after having watched the ENTIRE game, I would have seen it and been part of the joy. How did I go to bed? Sad that we were going to lose. But the Braves brought me joy in the morning, as I checked the final score and saw that they pulled out a win.
21 But we were hoping that it was He who was going to redeem Israel. Indeed, besides all this, it is the third day since these things happened. —Luke 24.21
The context of the scripture above is two disciples who have left Jerusalem the same day as the resurrection of Jesus, and they were sad that he was killed and wasn’t who they thought he was supposed to be. Had they hung around just a little longer, they would’ve known that Jesus had resurrected, indeed. But Jesus met them on the road, taught them many things from the scriptures that they had yet to understand and then revealed his true identity to them later at dinner.
We all have moments in our life when we just wish we’d “hung around” a little longer. We missed something because we looked a way for just a moment or we left a little early from the party and something funny or memorable happened. Our spiritual lives are no different. Maybe we didn’t go on that retreat or mission trip; we may have left a service early because it went over or closed our Bibles before we reached that passage that actually had just what we needed and didn’t know it till we picked it up later.
The good news is that God is with us, even in the moments we missed. In Luke 24, Jesus comes near to the disciples who were sad and walking away. He joins them, even though they do not recognize him at first, and he stays with them. If you’ve missed something, don’t fret, God is there, ready to bring the joy of his presence to you. But my encouragement to you is hang around, stay near, and take every opportunity to see God here and now.
May it be so, O Lord.