I am a person focused on destinations. When I set out do to a task, or go on a trip, or achieve a goal, I am focused on getting there. I’m one of these people who likes to make to-do lists just so I can check things off!
The risk of this kind of disposition is that I can easily miss what’s going on right now, at the moment. I can be so eager to reach the destination that I don’t enjoy, or even notice, the journey. That’s a shame. Because a lot of good stuff happens on the way, on the road. John Lennon said, “Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans.”
Two disciples, Cleopas and his wife, are walking home on the first Easter Day, confused and dejected after their friend and rabbi Jesus had been executed. There had been reports that he had been seen alive again, but that didn’t seem credible. So they were focused on getting home, back to Emmaus, back to their old lives, to try to rebuild a life.
As they walked down from Jerusalem on the dusty, hilly road, a stranger appeared and walked with them. They began to talk. The stranger asked about what had gone on in Jerusalem – he didn’t seem to know. But he shared how the scriptures spoke of a suffering messiah.
When they reached home, Cleopas and his wife asked this interesting stranger to stay and eat with them. When he broke the bread, all became clear….
For Cleopas and his wife, what happened on the road was far more important than reaching their destination. In fact, the journey was the destination – their moment of destiny.
Pay attention to what happens along the way, en route, on the road. It’s there that a stranger may appear, and change your life. JBM