“Were not our hearts burning within us, while he was talking to us on the road, while he opened the scriptures to us?” John 24:32
After the resurrection, Jesus' disciples were walking along the road with him. They could not tell it was Jesus who was speaking with them, but they sure could feel it. The scriptural promises were opened up to them and it was pointed out that all they had been hoping for had come to be true. They were deeply moved.
So, what kinds of stories move you?
Some people are moved by miraculous stories of healing or the overcoming of great heartbreak. More and more these days I am moved by stories of awakening, when people finally realize what was right before their eyes the whole time. I feel God often comes up alongside us, when we least expect it, and helps to unfold the great mystery of how he is working in our lives. Sometimes we don't understand it at first but something moves our hearts and we just know, that was God working there.
In this Easter season we each are called to lift up stories of how God is Alive and Risen, and at work bringing about his Kingdom in the world around us. How is God at work in your life, or walking along side of you? You may not have a great deal of God conversations in your everyday, but God is there, reminding you of the story and promise you hold within you. It is the story you know, but probably find hard to believe at times, that God is real, that you are loved, and that Christ died and rose again to save you. I really am blessed, because people do share with me their God conversations, and I get to see God at work in their lives, and at work in you, the church.
Just last month a six-year-old boy was feeling sad because his grandmother was dying and he could not see her again. Another boy in his Sunday School class who had lost his father explained to him, "That is the great part of heaven, we get to see those people we love again after they die. That’s the whole point of Jesus, he takes you to heaven and you get to see them again." Then they went on to imagine how awesome their bodies would be in heaven - boy stuff, you know. You bet my heart was burning within me. All I could think was, nice job Sunday School teachers, and moms and dads, and everyone who shared the story, the Easter promise with this kid. He knew it now. God had whispered in his ear and his heart was burning and alive with hope.
We each have a story to tell as we are walking along on our road of life. Sure, we can just pass the time with irrelevant chit-chat, or we can take a chance and share a story that just possibly might change someone’s life forever. So figure out how God is moving you and share it with someone.
May all your hearts be burning, as you hear and share the love of God in Jesus Christ.