Beside Still Waters: Open your eyes

Therese Apel

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When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?” – Luke 24:30-32

We’re back in Luke 24, and I know I write about this verse a lot, but I think it’s because I don’t believe we can really stress hard enough how important it is to listen to our hearts when we’re waiting to hear from God.

These men were walking to Emmaus, and they thought their life as they knew it was over. Everything was dark and traumatic and confusing, and it’s easy to get lost in those things when they’re all you focus on.

A man comes out of nowhere and begins to travel with them. He’s wise, and they’re hearing His words, but they haven’t yet figured out He’s Jesus.
How many times do we do that? Life is hard and scary and uncomfortable and we’re just trying to put one foot in front of the other and make it to the next thing, and we’re just NOT LISTENING? We’re caught up in the whirlwind of anxieties and terrors and worries we’re dealing with, and we don’t realize sometimes that God is speaking, if we’ll just listen to what our heart is telling us. We don’t realize that the situations we’re in are window dressing for the dawn that is breaking the darkness as we speak.

The last few years, and the last few months, and the rest of this month particularly have been a time in my life when there has been chaos and turmoil and confusion. I’ve had to realize that in the earthly ways I’m walking alone on a lot of levels, and that I’m actually adult enough to handle it. Sometimes things scare me a lot, and sometimes things break my heart, and sometimes it seems like I simply. cannot. do. this. anymore.

But just like that old example of the footprints in the sand, He’s walking along with me. He speaks the ultimate truth as we go along, and if I listen to my heart, I know it comes from before the beginning of time.

Where are you going? What are you dealing with? Now here’s the challenge: What is God teaching you in your heart that maybe you haven’t stopped to listen to.

Ask Him. He’s waiting to tell you about how much He loves you. ❤️

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