Opened Eyes, Open Heart
“Then their eyes were suddenly opened by God, and they clearly recognized Him, and He vanished from their sight. They said to one another, “Were not our hearts burning within us while He was talking with us on the road and opening the Scriptures to us?” — Luke 24:31–32, AMP.
Can you remember your last aha moment?
That time when a light bulb went off in your head, and you felt as if you had just discovered the next big thing?
Now, imagine how these two men felt when they realized that it was Jesus who walked with them.
Perhaps, it felt like being in the presence of a Hollywood celebrity, someone like — Denzel Washington, Oprah Winfrey, or maybe even Tom Hanks.
To say the least, it was probably an aha moment.
Cleopas and his friend were walking the Road to Emmaus. Their conversation was consumed with the events over the past few days. They were having an intense discussion when Jesus walked up and joined them.
What are you discussing? He asked.
They looked at Him as if to say; you’ve got to be kidding. Then, in unbelief, Cleopas said, “Are you the only stranger visiting Jerusalem who is unaware of the things which have happened here in these recent days?” (Luke 24:18, AMP)
Then Jesus, who chose to remain undercover, asked, “What things?” This simple question opened the door for the men to tell everything they knew about the past events and, at the same time, reveal everything they knew about Jesus.
When you think about it, Jesus’s question reminds us of the scenario we witnessed in the Garden of Eden. In that, when God asked Adam, “Where are you?”
God physically knew where Adam was. However, the question was to see if Adam knew where he was spiritually. In the same manner, perhaps Jesus is trying to gage the level of understanding of His two friends concerning His life and teachings.
God knows every aspect of our emotional, intellectual, and physical being. But do we understand the magnitude of the fullness of God? Yes, we know Him, but do we know the width, length, depth, and height of Him?
As we walk life’s journey, we should experience limitless aha moments — moments in time where our eyes and hearts are opened more to the splendor and majesty of who God is. Like Cleopas and his acquaintance, our hearts should burn at the very thought of discovering the character and nature of God in new and extraordinary ways.
No day should be the same, for, with every new day, there should come an enlightening encounter — an aha moment.
My challenge for you this week is to be intentional with your openness to experience God. Move with expectancy and anticipate the Holy Spirit revealing something fresh and exciting to you.
I pray the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, give you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, and may the eyes of your understanding be enlightened. — Ephesians 1:17–18a. Amen!
Join me again next week for Coffee on The Couch.