Blinded by Distractions

by Candy Arrington

Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him; and He vanished from their sight. Luke 24: 31 KJV

Have you ever been so distracted by circumstances that you weren’t able to see the obvious?

Cleopas and his traveling companion were headed home on the road to Emmaus after a tragic weekend of loss and grief. As they walked, they discussed the events. Suddenly, a man appeared and joined them on their journey. But Cleopas was distracted. He was so busy discussing current events and focusing on his own disappointment and emotional turmoil that he failed to realize the Lord walked right by his side.

Although Jesus was physically present with him, Cleopas was so upset he didn’t notice. Aren’t we the same? Often, we allow ourselves to be so overcome with emotion and burdened by the weight of perceived problems that we leave Christ out of our struggles.

While Cleopas whined about things not turning out as he expected, Jesus had already provided the ultimate solution to mankind’s problems. However, Cleopas was blind to what Jesus accomplished on the cross. He was disappointed that Jesus hadn’t done what he expected—redeem Israel from Roman oppression. He, like many of Jesus’ followers, was looking for the wrong kind of rescue.

We often miss Jesus at work in our lives because we’re expecting something different. We’re spiritually distracted, thinking up remedies to problems on our own, while missing the obvious God-solution.

Perhaps you feel the oppression of a secret sin, abuse, divorce, job pressure, financial concerns, or perceived expectations. Jesus is ready and available to walk the road beside you and provide solutions even when things seem overwhelming and impossible.

Like Cleopas, when we’re dealing with difficulties, we sometimes separate ourselves from the body of believers. Cleopas and his companion left the fellowship of believers for the seclusion of home. When we’re troubled, it’s best to seek the counsel and wisdom of trusted Christian friends rather than try to figure things out on our own. Our emotions can blind and overwhelm us. Others may be able to provide a clearer picture, while praying with us for wisdom.

When Cleopas and his companion finally recognized Jesus, they were engaged in an everyday event. As they sat at the table, Jesus broke bread and blessed it. Suddenly, distractions fell aside, and their vision cleared. Jesus was right there with them!

Think of your own dinner table and how often laughter, discussion, confrontation, and revelation occur there. Although Jesus was frustrated they hadn’t seen the obvious when on their journey he explained the fulfillment of prophecy, in a comfortable, familiar setting, recognition filtered through their confusion and grief and their spiritual eyes were opened.

Jesus wants to do the same for us. He offers comfort, love, salvation, and hope despite our doubts and distractions. Will you allow Jesus to be your life’s traveling companion and open your spiritual eyes?

This article is brought to you by the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association (AWSA).

About the author: Candy Arrington has written hundreds of articles and devotionals on faith, personal growth, and moving through and beyond difficult life circumstances. Her books include: Life On Pause: Learning to Wait Well (Bold Vision Books),  When Your Aging Parent Needs Care: Practical Help for This Season of Life (Harvest House), and AFTERSHOCK: Help, Hope, and Healing in the Wake of Suicide (B & H Publishing Group). Candy is a native South Carolinian, who gains writing inspiration from historic architecture, vintage photographs, nature, and the application of Biblical principles to everyday life. Learn more about Candy at www.CandyArrington.com, where you can also read her blog, Forward Motion: Moving Beyond What Holds You Back.

Candy’s new book, Life on Pause: Learning to Wait Wellprovides insights on learning from and growing through a time of waiting.

Join the conversation: How have distractions kept you from seeing God’s answers?

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5 thoughts on “Blinded by Distractions

  1. Hi Candy. Thanks for the interesting devo! I’ve always thought teachers overlook Cleopas’ companion. I wondered who it might be. Then I realized it must have been Mary, Cleopas’ wife – for she was at the cross and the empty tomb. Cleopas would not have left her in Jerusalem. Early Bible writers didn’t usually mention women’s names. They hadn’t quite gotten the message that “In Christ there is neither…male nor female.” I love that Jesus appeared first to the women who were at His cross at Calvary and at His empty tomb!

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