Leo

March 30, 2015
by Rick Potter

Leo was a 20-year-old student from France who came to my hometown of Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada, in order to complete his second year of a business program. He stayed with my family for much of his six-month Canadian visit, fitting in naturally, and became like a son to me. Although he was a third my age, we spent much time together on the ski slopes, golf course, and squash and tennis courts.

Leo was also curious about my relationship with Jesus, and we had deep discussions concerning matters of faith. A keen student and a fellow lover of sports, he was truly a kindred spirit.

So it was with great sadness that I said farewell to him at the airport. We hugged, fought back tears, and promised to keep in touch, but in my heart, I knew realistically that it could well be the last time that we would see each other. My good friend gave a final wave as he drifted off into the privacy of the airport security area, out of sight, and out of my life.

With a lump in my throat and reminiscing the highlights of our times together, I returned to my church office and tried to focus on Sunday's upcoming service.

About an hour later, the phone rang, and I heard the voice of a troubled and disappointed Leo! His flight had been unable to take off due to fog, and had been rescheduled for the next day. Would I come and get him?

Seeing him again at the airport after that very final emotional break was a strange experience. I had reluctantly accepted his departure from my life. Seeing him again was not unlike seeing a ghost. It was good to have him with me another day before he returned to France.

I realized through this experience that I had received a very small taste of what the disciples must have felt as they experienced what they surely believed would be the last time that they would see their good friend Jesus on the day of His departure from them. His death on the cross had a finality far exceeding an airport good-bye, and emotions and sadness many times greater than mine.

The shock of seeing Jesus again must also have seemed like seeing a ghost, as they had surely resolved in their minds that He was gone forever and that it was time for them to forget about Him and to begin the difficult task of returning to focus on their work.

We can only imagine the disciples' incredulity, and their unbridled joy, when they realized that Jesus was truly, shockingly, unbelievably with them again — His promise to return fulfilled!

Luke 24:37,41a – [The disciples] were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost. They still did not believe it because of joy and amazement. (NIV)

Matthew 28:20b – And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age. (ESV)

Prayer: God, You have told us that You will never leave us nor forsake us; that You are with us always. We give You thanks for the joy that we experience in Your presence. It is our desire to walk with You to the end of the age. Amen.

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Rick Potter <rpotte@hotmail.com>
Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Wonderful analogy Rick.


    Thank you for today’s devotional Rick Potter.


    Hello Rick,
    Thanks so much for inspiring us today. We hope you will continue to contribute to The Daily.


    Dear Mr. Potter,
    Such a good illustration Leo made for your telling of the surprise the disciples had when they learned Jesus was alive!
    I hope you have opportunity to send this devotional to Leo.
    Keep writing.


    Hello Rick,
    Thank you for your devotional today. It set my mind in motion as to an experience I had. We had housed Japanese college students with us over several years. We loved every one of them and the departures always meant tears, always intending to keep in touch. We always wondered how each one was doing, but they were lost to us.Recently I reconnected with one of them. Now we are still Mom and daughter and keep in very close touch.
    We never know what our future is, but we know Who holds it. PTL!
    May the Lord bless greatly.


    Truly an unusual devotional thought and it made me think. Good one.


    Interesting analogy, but a good one.


    Good Afternoon Rick:
    What a beautiful illustration. I shall use it some time when speaking to the children about the resurrection of our Lord and how happy Jesus’ friends were to see Him after watching Him die on the cross.
    What a glorious day it will be when we will be able to Turn Our Eyes Upon Jesus And Look Into His Glorious Face. This was indeed a thought provoking message making us realize how blessed we are to be part of the wonderful family of our Lord and Savior.
    Thank You for this beautiful message with so much meaning.

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