My husband loves spicy food. Before we started on a basically vegetarian diet, David would often have need of an anti-acid after a really spicy meal. His digestive system seems to have improved since we are eating more healthily.

But, both of us have times of “heartburn”.  And the cause of our heartburn has to do with times of encounter with the Lord, not spicy food.

After the death and burial of Jesus, two of his followers were walking on the road to Emmaus when suddenly a “stranger” joined them.  At the time they did not recognize who it was. They did not know it was the risen Lord.

According to Luke 24:16 “They were kept from recognizing Him.”  By what?  By Divine intervention?  By grief?  By disappointment?

Sometimes we all are also kept from recognizing God in our circumstances,  through grief, or disappointment, or some other reason.  Maybe you had great plans for your life or your ministry, but they don’t seem to be working out the way you thought they would.  We’ve been there.

Sometimes we can’t see the next thing that God is moving us toward because we have gotten stuck on the last thing that may not have worked out in the way we had imagined.

We don’t see the hand of God in our failure or disappointment.  We forget that He is “the One”.  He is still in control.  He does have a plan.

Though the disciples on the road to Emmaus did not recognize Jesus, there was something about being with him that they later recalled.  In Luke 24:32  “Were not our hearts burning within us while He talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?” They went on to be witnesses of his resurrection to the disciples who, at first, didn’t believe them.

Jesus said the “pure in heart” shall see God.  Those with a single eye, single minded, keeping their focus on Him, will see Him and will recognize Him in all circumstances.

The reason some of our hearts have ceased burning within us is that we have stopped spending time with Him, listening to Him, looking for Him.  We run into prayer time with our requests and burdens, but we don’t take time to listen.

Sometimes we don’t even go into that quiet space, because we get too busy.

Maybe, like the disciples, we are “slow of heart to believe what the Scriptures say” because we are looking at circumstances through the eyes of the world and not the eyes of Christ.

If our hearts are going to continue to “burn within us” for the things of God, we have to keep our single-minded focus on our relationship with the Father, no matter the way things appear at any given moment.

That’s where I am right now.  How about you?


About Marcy

I love my Father-God. Together we are walking through a season of my life where I am standing with him against cancer. He is my strength and trust. As one of his daughters, my passion is to share his love with others in practical, everyday illustrations and insights.

Posted on March 29, 2011, in Christian Growth and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Very well put Marcy. I think the single biggest problem with our Christian brothers as sisters today is that we are often questioning the Lord’s will for our lives and or our ministries – yet we aren’t taking the time to “be still and know that I am God.” We aren’t hearing His voice at all, and like A. W. Tozer has said the modern church acknowledges Father, Son and Spirit but functions almost completely without the Spirit in all we do. We have listed on the website or in the doctrinal statement that we believe in the triune God yet we go on and do business like we would if we were a member of the senate. We vote and deliberate. We expect our leaders to make all of the right decisions and grow impatient when they make a wrong call or show signs of only being human. We get all freaked out when people bring up the subject of The Spirit and often shut down at the mention of His name. Why would we shut out the counselor? Why would we try to function without Him? I don’t think it’s an intentional thing as much as a growing apart process that happens when don’t spend any time with the ones we love…

    This is not in any way a rant that doesn’t apply to me – but rather some thoughts that very much go along with what you have written above as well as an attempt to shed some light on what I believe to be an epidemic that is taking out the effectiveness of the body of believers in the world today. I (we) all need to take time to spend with the Father, alone, in prayer and solitude with Him. How else can we ever hear His call? How He longs to spend time with us to love on us and to teach us about who He is. How He desires to show us the blessings in life. To see things in our lives that are blessings we never knew before Him. Very neat writing Marcy – thank you for sharing!

    • Hey Jonathan – thanks for the comments and sharing your observations. Much of what is done in religious circles can be accomplished without the presence of the Holy Spirit or dependence on God. Relationship, relationship, relationship with the Father. Amen.

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