“Did not our hearts burn within us?”
Have you ever had an experience that unexpectedly ignited something deep inside of you? In your core? Seemingly in your very heart? An experience like that is difficult to put to words. It is beyond a logical explanation. You just KNOW that it is very real. It has by-passed your logic, even your imagination, but you know that Truth has come to the core of your being. It is God-style heart-burn.
We catch such a moment taking place between some men walking together down a road heading away from Jerusalem. They had been through their worst nightmare and needed to get away. They’d been close followers of Jesus, Who now lay in a tomb. Dead. As were the beliefs and dreams they had shared together with Him for the past three years. It was over.
Then, in the midst of their conversation replaying what they had gone through together, Jesus joined them on the road. The friends did not recognize Him. They were discussing how they had gotten word that very morning that Jesus was no longer in the tomb. Some of their friends were insisting that they had seen, even talked to Him….ALIVE.
Jesus joined the friends, walking…listening to their conversation. He was even invited to share a meal with them. Not until later, when this Stranger repeated something He had done with them the last time they had been together (the night before He died) that they began to realize Who was breaking the bread and serving them. Then He was gone. And they were left with “burning hearts.” What their minds had failed to grasp, their hearts did.
I have come to believe that God’s Spirit often has to by-pass our human logic and go directly to our hearts when He draws us to Himself. Often, His “drawing” does not make human sense. Who He draws…how He draws…even “why” He draws is often notbased on human logic. It might even defy logic at first, tho’ over time it can make perfect sense.
From my experience, God’s orchestration of His Calling my heart to the desert people who now reside deeply in my heart, made NO human sense. I just knew that it was something He was putting in my heart….it certainly wasn’t of my own thinking. Yet, I can now look back and see how my life, my story, my temperament, are clearly suited to the desert nation to which He has tied my heart.
He gave me “heart-burn” for them. And I am deeply grateful.