Many of us, when possible, have walked more in the last year than in any previous year.
We have walked to stay healthy and enjoy fresh air; walked simply to get out of the house and to help break monotony; walked alone to find peace; walked with another to get company. Walking has enabled chance personal encounters with others in our community and has broadened our awareness of nature and of the changing seasons. For those who are able, walking can be wonderful and has been a lifeline during this last year – physically, emotionally and spiritually.
Those who have followed our ‘Wonder Walks’ resource over recent weeks have experienced how a simple walk can become an opportunity to discover signs of God’s wonderful love around them and to talk about truths from the Bible with others walking with them.
There is a wonderful walk described by Luke in his gospel (Luke 24:13-35). The mood is sombre as the two un-named followers of Jesus set off to walk from Jerusalem to Emmaus. Seven miles is not a short walk! They are discussing all that has happened as Jesus has been arrested, tried, condemned to death, and crucified. They set off with heavy hearts.
How are they to process their disappointment? Their sadness and despair? Their dashed hopes and sense of being let down? “We had hoped…” (v21) expresses their gloomy outlook.
And yet, wait, there is something else they are grappling with – other news they are trying to understand and process. The women have reported some amazing news of Jesus’ tomb being empty and some angels saying he is alive (v22,23).
As Jesus walks alongside them, they have what must have been the most wonderful Bible study ever! (v25-27). Then in the simple action of taking bread, giving thanks, breaking it and giving it to them, their eyes are opened to recognise their resurrected Lord (v30,31).
Our walks may not be quite so dramatic, but it is so reassuring to know that the risen Lord Jesus walks with us every day. He is our constant companion on life’s journey. He listens to our questions, doubts, disappointments. He helps us make sense of life, challenges our assumptions and perspectives from the Bible (v25,26) and calls us to trust him in everything.
May our hearts burn within us as the Scriptures are opened again this Easter and may we hear Jesus’ words afresh: “Peace be with you.” (v32,36)
Chief Executive | The Scottish Bible Society
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