During my Christmas break I needed to take one of the school buses from my work over to a sister church of ours because they needed to use it. I didn't really have anyone to pick me up and bring me back to school. I thought about taking a Lyft, but I simply didn't feel like spending the money. After running out of options I decided I would just drive the bus over to the church and then walk back to the High School where I work.
The weather was a little cool, but the sun was out and overall it was a nice day. It's about six miles from the church to my office. I looked on my maps app to see how long it should take me and it said just over two hours. I actually started a timer on my watch so I could see if it was correct.
Walking for six miles gives you a lot of time to think. One of the thoughts I had as I was nearing my final destination was the story of Jesus appearing to some of his followers on the road to Emmaus after his resurrection. The walk from Jerusalem to Emmaus is about six miles.
On this walk Jesus explained why the Messiah had to die and rise again. During the whole time Jesus spoke, they didn't recognize who He was. When they sat down to eat and Jesus blessed and broke the bread their eyes were opened and they recognized Him. Jesus then disappeared from their sight and they immediately got up and ran back to Jerusalem to tell the others.
I was a little tired after walking the six miles. I did it in just under an hour and 40 minutes so I was walking at a pretty good pace. I thought about what it would take for me to be excited enough to turn around and run back to where I had just come from.
For the disciples it was Jesus! That is what excited His followers. My prayer is that when I encounter Jesus I am excited enough to turn around and run another six miles just to tell others about Him.
Bob Koehne, husband to Mia, is an educator, coach, mentor and administrator with a love for Jesus and a passion to see lives impacted for Christ through Christian education. These are just some of his writings.
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