Emmaus: Burning Hearts

We walk a road of doubt and fear and unbelief

Our minds cluttered with questions on all that we have seen and heard

Yet you draw near

We are blind, we do not see you as we ought
Yet slowly you reveal truth to our burning hearts
You lift up the bread just as you lifted up your body –
blessed broken and given for our redemption
The veil is torn and we see you
Our Redeemer

Luke 24:30-32
Now it came to pass, as He sat at the table with them, that He took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him; and He vanished from their sight. And they said to one another, “Did not our heart burn within us while He talked with us on the road, and while He opened the Scriptures to us?”

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“Continue on this Road Until Further Instruction”

“continue on this road until further instruction”

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This is what God is saying to me right now.

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But…

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I want to be directed

I’m not happy to follow blindly.

But it’s about following Him even though I’m not quite sure where He’s taking me or how I’m getting there.

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I want the map.

I want the directions.

I want to see pictures of the destination.

I want the date and time of arrival.

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I want to know.

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But following Him is not about knowing

Following Him is all about being known.

Allowing myself to be known by Him as we walk the road together.

The conversations that take place as we meander through hills and valleys

And before we know it

We’ve arrived.

Walking on a Stormy Sea

I have a picture in my head of Peter when he was walking on the water and it is that of a tranquil, glittering sea sparkling in the moonlight and Peter is somehow gliding over the ocean.

But it wasn’t like that.

When Jesus called Peter to walk on the water, he didn’t calm the water first.

He made Peter step out of the boat at the most inconvenient, dangerous, scariest time. He did not make the environment conducive to what Peter had to do.

And he does the same thing with us.

Often God will call us out to do something amazing for him at the most unsuitable time in our lives.

We want the sea to be calm around us – then we think we might have half a chance of doing what he wants. But not God. He will call us when the wind is at its height and the water is very wet all around us.

God doesn’t need your life to be perfect in order for you to do something amazing for him, he just needs you to trust him, and the cold, hard truth is we trust him the most when our lives are at their most chaotic. In fact the more chaotic your life is the more likely he is to say, ‘come.’

We say, “If only

  • I was younger
  • I was older
  • I was married
  • I was single
  • I had a job
  • I hadn’t a job
  • I lived elsewhere
  • I lived at home
  • I had more responsibility
  • I had less responsibility
  • I had children
  • I hadn’t children”

The list goes on and on. we want the sea of our lives to calm before we step out.

We say, ‘if only,’ Jesus says, ‘come.’ Thats it. Just come.

Despite what you want to change. Come anyway.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to walk on water.

Sure, you’ll be terrified. you’ll get soaked and you’ll fall. But don’t miss out on this.

Don’t be someone who, years from now, is sitting looking out to sea and regretfully says,

‘Man, I could have walked on that.’

Well Well Well – Putting the Pieces Together

 

At the beginning of the year God gave me a piece of a jigsaw picture. As I read and prayed and went about my ordinary life, other pieces started falling onto my lap and I’ve been writing about these pieces on my blog since the beginning of the year.

 

One piece here, one piece there.

 

As I picked more pieces, a picture started to form. What is that picture? It is a well.

 

Why is it a well? I really have no definitive answer. I don’t believe it is any one thing but here are a few ideas:

  • The well is God – the Well that never runs dry.  The source for all that I do.
  • The well is me – I must always be full as people and life draws from me.
  • The well is people around me – dry empty wells but God want to use me to prime these wells to get the water flowing again.
  • The well is creativity – the more the creative well is used the more it refreshes itself. If it is not drawn from it goes stagnant.

 

I don’t even think that this whole process is about getting all these questions completely resolved so that I can say exactly what the well represents. I believe the bigger lesson here is about picking up the pieces, one at a time and seeing the beauty of each piece for what it is. Appreciating each nugget of truth. But also seeing each piece as part of one big picture.

 

I love how God trusted me enough to show me piece by piece something so beautiful. I’m also enjoying not totally understanding what it all means.

 

Since when did we feel entitled to understand everything God told us?

 

When God needs me to know, I’ll know – until then I’m going to enjoy putting the pieces together.