Now on that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and went with them, but their eyes were kept from recognizing him. Luke 24:13-16 (NRSV)
One of the downfalls of having an introverted personality is that it takes a conscious effort to meet new friends and sometimes it is a stretch to stay in touch with family and friends we already know. An introvert’s circle is necessarily small, and usually much deeper than it is broad. We tend to have very close relationships with a very few people.
While social interactions can be draining for introverts (especially when we take it overboard) it is still necessary to keep an open mind and open heart and be willing to connect with others- to be the hands and feet of Jesus- even if only in small ways. We shouldn’t be so absorbed in the cares of the moment that we miss those “angels unawares,” or we miss that calling to BE an angel unaware.
Introverts and extroverts alike can have blinders on when we interact with others. Do we really want to know how someone is doing when we ask that, or is it just a pleasantry or polite conversation? Are we willing to take the time to walk with that person into a dark place or to give them a shoulder to lean on in their grief/anger/frustration?
Are we really willing to see Jesus in that person who we casually ask, “How are you?,” and the answer is not, “Fine?”
Sometimes we are just like the apostles who couldn’t see Jesus right in front of them- a lot of the time. We are busy, we are distracted, and sometimes we are simply in our own worlds.
This isn’t to say that contemplative solitary time is a bad thing (and even extroverts need that from time to time) but that when we walk with others we are also walking with Jesus- whether we recognize it or not.
How can we walk without blinders on today?