Creative Expression – Restrained Vision

That same day two of them were walking to the village Emmaus, about seven miles out of Jerusalem. They were deep in conversation, going over all these things that had happened. In the middle of their talk and questions, Jesus came up and walked along with them. But they were not able to recognize who he was. (Luke 24:13-16 Message)

As I walk on the road of my own preconceived notions or my sublime presumptions, Jesus often draws near to me, in the midst of it all. When life’s events have placed more questions in my mind than answers, Jesus draws near – just to walk with me and talk with me.

Light on a PathThese two men were walking towards Emmaus, talking about Jesus’ crucifixion. Their minds were ablaze with questions. Their hopes– what could have been, should have been, and yet was not- seemed dashed to pieces as they faced the reality of His death. What now? What exactly happened?

Jesus enters into the midst of it all, just like He does for me. When He draws near, I often find myself in the midst of thinking, a process of questions. Why did this happen? What now? He walks besides me and sees my limited restrained vision, just as these two men on the road that day. Vision that is restrained by the power of presumption or assumption inhibits me from truly seeing, just like these two guys. Vision that is held in the power of its own process limits and restrains me from truly seeing.

He draws alongside, never forcing His way into my process, at least not at first. Like these men, I may continue to explain the events taking place through my ‘restrained vision’. He probably can’t help but shake His head as He listens to my words, just as He listened to the words of these men that day. At the right moment, in my own tension, He speaks. Here is how He spoke to these men that day. And sometimes, this is how He speaks to me.

Then he said to them, “So thick–headed! So slow–hearted! Why can’t you simply believe all that the prophets said? Don’t you see that these things had to happen, that the Messiah had to suffer and only then enter into his glory?” Then he started at the beginning, with the Books of Moses, and went on through all the Prophets, pointing out everything in the Scriptures that referred to him. (Luke 24:25-27 Message)

listen.520In other words, His words silence me, just as it did for these two guys, catapulting me into a greater reality, past my restrained vision and limited understanding. I find His confrontations into my life as wonderful as His gently flowing words of affirmation and love. Both show me His intense love for me. Both ways open my eyes to see past the nose on my own fact. My pain often restrains my vision. I need a shaking down some days that forces me to rise above my own self-pity and introspection. It’s good for me. He’s always good for me.

They came to the edge of the village where they were headed. He acted as if he were going on but they pressed him: “Stay and have supper with us. It’s nearly evening; the day is done.” So he went in with them. And here is what happened: He sat down at the table with them. Taking the bread, he blessed and broke and gave it to them. At that moment, open–eyed, wide–eyed, they recognized him. And then he disappeared. Back and forth they talked. “Didn’t we feel on fire as he conversed with us on the road, as he opened up the Scriptures for us. (Luke 24:28-32 Message)

Jesus stops me in the midst of my forward momentum many times. My eyes open to see, to truly see things that have been hidden from me. I get so excited at times at the revelation of truth, which lifts my spirit, that I want to detain Him at that point of revelation to sit with me, talk more with me, dine with me at my table. Yet, I have noticed, that just like these men, at the point of received revelation, sitting at a table of intimacy, He often is quickly up and away. Why is this?

There is more to say, more to see, and greater things to encounter. Being totally human, I may self-centeredly keep Him at that place at my table, receiving and receiving and receiving. Yet, He is up and away and now my choice is to follow Him with all that He has revealed to me, moving and living and having my being in Him. I can’t stay at this place of comfort. I now move in what I have received and take it out.

Yes, there will come another time when my presumptions will get the best of me again. That is only human. And on that day, He will draw near again to show me my shortcomings in truly understanding His greatness, His majesty and His being. That is called life. I go from glory to glory to glory, from faith to faith to faith. I walk on the road of life, wondering, asking questions, and thinking. He draws near, listens and even brings correction to me.

Christ in you, the hope of glory. (Colossians 1:27 NKJV)

Christ in me is still revealing Himself to me as I live my life in union with Him. I am enjoying the journey.

6 thoughts on “Creative Expression – Restrained Vision

  1. Awesome word Deb! I like Marvin’s post here too! May He continue to reveal more of Himself to us and may we find Him in new ways this new year walking with Our Lord!

    • Thanks so much. It’s interesting that in the midst of the ‘life sounds’ there is a greater sound in Christ. When I realize that I am on this journey, greater peace comes, grace for my mistakes and I generally enjoy the journey, even the hard times. Thanks for this great comment. Always encouraging to me. 🙂

  2. As I read this I realized that there are many times I wonder where He is and why He does not seem to be with me. These are usually times when I am so focused on my surroundings or my situations. My eyes and mind are focused on money, expenses, other people, stressed out because things are different than I expected them to be or felt that they should be, tense because things are not moving as I felt they should move, etc. It is when I finally sit down, close my eyes, take a deep breath, exhale, and then re-open my eyes that I realize He is sitting beside me listening to me. Then when my vision and hearing have been cleared, He again begins to speak to me or He just allows me to hold His hand to receive the comfort and direction I need. He is always there and will always be there. It is me that clouds my vision to see Him and/or deafens my ears to hear Him.

    • Love this so much. This is very good and we feel the same way. So good that Jesus meets us right where we are at the right time, and our eyes are opened to see Him for who He is. He is so awesome.

  3. Debra, Thanks for sending your posts out on email.I just deactivated my Fb account. Don’t know if I will go back again…..we need prayer here in Mt Home…the atheist are trying to get the nativity taken away from the county courthouse lawn…it has been there over 40 yrs every season. One of the atheists that travels worldwide and speaks at conferences, we found out is from Mt Home…right here where I live….He is slurring my name all over the atheist sites across the country! PTL!! Keep posting…i forward them to friends!

    • Will keep you in prayer Cindy. Don’t back down. I know it is hard but keep walking in humility and grace. This is the underbelly of life and it sucks but Christ in you is greater. We went through crap years ago. There comes a point where we all learn to keep walking despite all of this for I believe it is not going to stop soon. Love you and will definitely keep you in prayer. The best thing to do is to leave it be, even though it is hard and keep walking. :0

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