On the Road to …

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By Davalynn Spencer @davalynnspencer

A friend of mine shared plans to participate in a spiritual retreat called Walk to Emmaus. As we visited about the weekend event, I prayed it would be one of personal revelation.

Personal revelation is exactly what happened in the gospel account of two men walking from Jerusalem to the village of Emmaus after the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. It’s an engaging story that you can find in Luke 24:13-35. 

This journey has inspired not only event planners and Bible teachers, but also artists over the centuries. Possibly the most recognizable painting is “The Road to Emmaus” by Swiss landscape painter Robert Zund (1827-1909).

A similar work hangs in my home, depicting two men walking casually through an idyllic setting of colorful trees, flowers, and  flowing brook. The painting emits peace and perfection.

However, if you read Luke’s telling of the event, these men were anything but peaceful. Their trek took them down a path of necessity rather than leisure. I imagine the reality of their road was quite different from the painting, with rocks, and scrub brush, and dirt that worked into their sandals.

A road similar to life paths we all travel.

However, Jesus—alive and well—joined them. He walked with them. Met them where they were, so to speak.

We all walk a road—

to loneliness
to grief
to refuge
to hope
to commitment
to service

Jesus will meet us today on our road. We have the same opportunity as the two men on their way to Emmaus if we choose to listen, consider, and recognize His presence.

A line in a new *worship song has imbedded itself in my thoughts lately, and it plays over and over in my mind throughout the day:

            “The God of our salvation is among us.”

And He is. He’s right here with us, on our own road.

Jesus answered and said to him,
“If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word;
and My Father will love him,
and We will come to him and
make Our home with him.
John 14:23


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4 thoughts on “On the Road to …

  1. Alicia Haney

    Amen. I enjoyed reading this, Thank you so much for sharing it. Have a great week. God Bless you and your family.

    1. davalynn

      Thank you for reading, Alicia.

  2. Karen Gee

    John 14:23 is such a wonderful promise to all believers.
    Like these two men, we need to pray that our eyes will be opened to the truth that Jesus is alive and that He will return again to take us to be with Him and Father God for eternity. How glorious that will be!

    1. davalynn

      Amen, Karen!


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