Through the years, there have been many times that I dreamed about what could be. When I was younger, I dreamed of becoming a truck driver. Later in life, it was working in electronics, specifically in the field of robotics. Since then, there have been fleeting dreams that have come and gone. I am learning that there is a difference between God-inspired dreams and those that are birthed out of human desire.
When they encounter the resurrected Christ on the road, the Bible says that their eyes were kept from recognizing him. Could it be that their own limited perspective kept them from identifying him, or was something supernatural happening? Was it a combination of both?
Regardless of the source, there was an obvious reason. Jesus was given another chance to challenge the disciples and future generations to listen to the voice of God. Jesus had spent the past 3 years teaching the disciples about the heart and will of God for his life and theirs. At this moment, he once again expounded the scriptures, which foretold his birth, ministry, death, and resurrection.
Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?” (Luke 24:32 ESV)
I am reminded that I can be the limiting factor in my perspective of what God can do or is doing in His big story of redemption in my own life. When I focus on the temporal, material, or instantaneous, I limit my perspective on what God is doing in humanity’s big picture. I am simply a supporting character in the redemption plan that God has for the world around me!
When I consider this story, I am thankful for the graciousness of Jesus, who not only expounded scripture but he gave the disciples yet another opportunity to understand and believe. He did not give up on speaking to them. He set them up to be reminded of all that God was doing and reminded them of faith’s foundation in God’s Word.
The story of the disciples on the road to Emmaus reminds me that I need to truly listen for the Father’s voice who is working His redemption plan today. Regardless of what is happening around me, I can trust that He will fulfill the plans he has for me. As I take time to be quiet and listen for His voice, he will speak words of instruction, direction, and peace in the midst of a crazy world.
God, remind us that we have the opportunity to sit at your feet and hear the words of life that you alone are capable of speaking. Remind us to listen and know your voice. Not only do you long to speak, but you long for us to understand.