"As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; but they were kept from recognizing him." Luke 24: 15-16
Have you ever had one of those experiences when things just weren't what you were expecting them to be? I can remember a few years ago someone mixed up some of that invisible kool-aid, I took a drink, expecting it to be water, and was a bit disgusted as I got something other than what I was expecting. It's not that the kool-aid tasted bad, it just wasn't what I was expecting. I quickly got over it and enjoyed the kool-aid.
I suspect the two disciples in this story felt the same way as they walked to Emmaus. They were expecting great things from Jesus- everything was planned out...and then it went horribly wrong. Jesus was arrested & killed. And now they didn't even know where he was! (24:24) Perplexed, they pondered the past and weren't quite sure what to do next.
Things don't always turn out as we had planned. In fact, lately I've been learning the lesson that things usually don't turn out exactly as planned. At this point we have two choices- either get upset because our expectations weren't met, or accept it and begin to look for the way that God is moving...even though it may not fit with your plan.(24:25-31)