This morning, I read in Luke 24 about how a few of Jesus’ followers didn’t recognize Him as He was walking on the road to Emmaus with them. For awhile, they didn’t recognize Jesus, but once Jesus broke bread with them at a meal, they recognized Jesus for Who He was & they exclaimed, “Were not our hearts burning within us as He explained the Scriptures?!” Sometimes I don’t think we recognize Jesus’ daily presence with us. Consider the following:
A conversation with a friend & she says something that completely speaks to a need that you’ve been praying about – Jesus’ presence with answers
An unexpected delay that gives some extra time for breathing & even praying – Jesus’ provision for time
A person reaches out to you with some love and encouragement, without any expected reciprocity nor agenda – Jesus’ love relationship with you
Waking up in the middle of the night with the desire to pray – keeping company with Jesus
Someone invites you to serve, volunteer or lead – Jesus’ opportunity to grow and explore new terrain with Him
What are some more ways that we can recognize Jesus in our daily living? 🙂
Ok, maybe not heart burn like you might initially think – I’ve got something different in mind.
I really like Jesus – I like thinking about Him, praying to Him, writing about Him, singing about Him, reading about Him, being w Him, talking about Him – especially. What really gets to me is to sit w a friend & have an indepth conversation about Jesus, what’s He’s saying, how He’s leading, what He’s challenging us with, experiences w Him . . . . . There’s something that goes off in me when i get to talk in depth w someone i trust about Jesus & what He’s doing in my heart. There’s something that quickens in my heart when I get to listen to someone deeply share about what He is dealing w them about. I love getting to hear & be part of what He’s doing on a massive & micro scale – I just like Jesus.
Recently, I felt like He explained why I get so amped when I get to have a deep conversation about Him: in Luke 24:13-32, Jesus is walking w 2 of His followers, after His resurrection, on a road leading to a city called Emmaus. They had what appears to be a long & indepth conversation w Him where He talked & explained things to them while they walked. When they stopped for a meal, Jesus broke the bread & immediately disappeared & the followers suddenly recognized Jesus & said in vs 32, “did not our hearts burn within us as He talked w us along the road. . . . ?” I find my heart burns in my chest when I get to talk deeply about Jesus w some trusted friends. Maybe this is partly what Jesus meant in Matt 18:20 when He says that when two or three are gathered in His name, that He’s hear with us.
Get some heart burn – talk deeply w a friend about Jesus.