We've all experienced a time (or times - plural) of disappointment, pain, distress, doubt or perhaps what could be termed a personal crisis. During these times it easy to question the whereabouts of God. "Where are you?" "Have you abandoned me?" "Do you even hear my prayers?" "Do you care about me at all?" "Why don't I see you, sense you, or feel you?" It's easy to get so wrapped up in the circumstance, the situation, the crisis that it is difficult to see. It is difficult to remember. It is difficult to recognize. This is exactly what the two men on the road to Emmaus experienced. They were so distraught by the crucifixion of Jesus, the one they believed was the Messiah, that they were unable to recognize Him as the Risen Messiah. They were so caught up in their grief, misery, and disappointment they were unable to see Christ at their side. Jesus was walking with them. He met them in their place of vulnerability. He was fully present with them in their time of great need, and they needed to be reminded of why they first believed, who He was, all that He fulfilled, all that was promised. This story is not about two men. It is the story of us. The story of those who face disappointment, distress, pain, challenges, frustrations, grief, misery, loss, uncertainty and doubt, and a Christ, a Savior, a God, a Messiah who pursues us to rescue us, to ransom us, to remind us of the narrative He has promised us...if we only we will cling to the cross.