The last chapter of Luke tells the story of Jesus opening the minds and hearts of the disciples on the road to Emmaus to understand the prophecies that were fulfilled in His murder and resurrection. These sad, discouraged followers had their spirits lifted. They thought their hopes were dashed, that life as they knew it was ending. Jesus helped them to see that God the Father had everything under complete control – that all this seeming disaster and loss was actually the majestic unrolling of God’s perfect will, His long-awaited, loving plan for both of them and for all creation. Their hearts burned within them for joy and the excitement of discovery.
The same thing happened again shortly thereafter back in Jerusalem, when He appeared to the disciples there – Jesus opened their minds to understand the scriptures (24:45). This is what we must pray for daily.
“Open my eyes, that I may behold wonderful things from Thy law.” (Psalm 119:18).
Lord, give us also this excitement of discovery, as we see how all the seemingly random details of our lives fit into Your wise, benevolent plan for creation.