Daily Reading: Luke 24:13-33

Big Idea This Week:
When in doubt, talk it out

Questions to think about:
The encounter between Jesus and the disciples from Emmaus gives a great example of how to talk out your doubt and struggles. The day Jesus rose from the dead was the day that completely changed history. But later that day, Jesus assumes the role of an anonymous traveling companion. It’s striking that He would so humbly seek out two discouraged and doubting individuals.

This assures us that when we feel abandoned by God, he is still present with us. Perhaps we don’t recognize God’s presence because a difficult situation has taken up all of our attention. But God is with us nonetheless. Consider too how patient Jesus is as the two disciples talk about the events that took place in Jerusalem over the past few days. As if Jesus didn’t know these details! Sometimes in our prayers we pour out every­thing in our hearts to God. And God listens! But it’s not as though we are telling God anything he’s not aware of. He simply lets us express ourselves. God is incredibly interested in hearing all we have to say.

When Jesus finally revealed his identity to the two disciples at Emmaus, they were filled with joy. It’s the joy we feel when we realize that God is walking with us, listening to us, and sharing his time with us.

Is there anything specific or a doubt or discouragement that you need to “talk out” with God?