When he was at table with them, he took the bread and blessed and broke it and gave it to them. And their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. And he vanished from their sight. They said to each other, “Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?”
~ Luke 24:30-32
It is a wonderful thing to walk with one you love. Is there any sight like two young lovers, lost in their own world, strolling along holding hands? But let me tell you about the sweetest walk of all, and that is walking with Jesus.
Two men were walking along a road headed home late one afternoon, shortly after Jesus was killed, when a stranger began walking with them. We know it was the resurrected Jesus, of course, but they didn't. They invited the stranger home for supper and Jesus said the blessing. As soon as He prayed, their minds were opened and they recognized Him; but when they opened their eyes, He was gone.
They said to each other, “Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road?” These men recognized Jesus the same way you or I might; in the process of prayer. The Bible tells us this for a reason. It is how we are able to find Him. But once He is found, He burns inside us; not in a physical sense, of course, but it rather fills us with metaphorical heat and light, just like a fire. The heat lets us speak about Him with passion. And the light, given off by the burning within us, is something we can broadcast like a lamp in an open window.
We must have faith that God will give us this light, for He told us not to hide it. We cannot be too shy about it. We must have trust in God, that His word will be fulfilled in us.
A young boy was scheduled to be baptized, and his older sister started to tease him, saying, “Aren't you afraid that preacher will drown you?” The boy replied, “Nah. He may put me down, but he's gonna' bring me back up.” This is what the Bible tells us about Jesus; we can always rely on Him to bring us up, alive. Just trust in Him, and He will be yours — and you will be His — forever. No power on earth, no power in the heavens or the depths of hell, will be able to stop Him. And no power can stop the light that will radiate from us, showing Christ to the world, if we just let it happen.
Lord, let your light shine through me like the lamp set on a table. Amen.
~ Mason Barge
Editor, Daily Prayer