I believe God talks to us, through many forms. Have you met someone new today? Possibly you bumped into someone you have not seen in a while? Perhaps you helped a little child or a stranger when they were in need? God talks to us, but just not in the way it’s portrayed on TV or in the movies, with lightning, thunder and booming voices.
I believe in the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, but I also believe God talks to us at different points in our lives, and for different reasons. Which is why it is important to never dismiss a potential message. You may or may not know the “traveler” or the “messenger” but the message may be coming from God.
God talks to us in many ways: whether it be the Holy Spirit guiding us to a better decision, or the voice of Jesus pulling us nearer to the Father. It may seem unlikely, but possible: the person you helped yesterday could be there just to deliver the message to slow down and help others. The problem you faced at work today may have been placed before you, to help you discover a better solution.
In fact, here’s what happened shortly after Jesus rose from the dead:
It is late in the afternoon on the day of the Resurrection. Two disciples (one named Cleopas) were walking along the road, near a town called Emmaus. Another traveler meets up with them, and the three begin to walk and talk about the events of the past three days. The traveler asked what it was they were discussing.
The disciples essentially said, “hey buddy, have you been living under a rock? How could you NOT know about how Jesus, the Christ, was crucifed?” And then they also added, “and get this, some women from our group went to the tomb this morning — and they were met there by angels, who announced that he was alive!”
The traveler listened to all this, then he replied, “how foolish you are… didn’t he tell you of all these things that were to happen? Didn’t he remind you of all the prophets in history that spoke of this event?” And he began with Moses and all the prophets, interpreting to them all the references made.
It was getting late, and the two disciples asked the traveler to stay with them that night.
“And it happened that, while he was with them at table, he took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them.
Then they said to each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he spoke to us on the way and opened the Scriptures to us?”
Isn’t it interesting how their eyes were opened — only when they realized they were in the presence of the Lord? And, upon their realizing, He vanished from them. He no longer needed to be there.
There was no Facebook post, or tweet or text message announcing Jesus’ triumphant rising from the dead. And also no notification that “hey, I’m going to hang with you disciples for about forty MORE days after I rise, too!” Jesus quietly entered people’s lives, unrecognizable, and spoke to them. In this case, it was two other travelers (disciples) walking along the road, on their way to Emmaus.
I feel God talks to us, even today. Maybe not in the form we expect, which is why it is important to treat others with kindness and thoughtfulness. When do you feel God has spoken to you, or sent a message to you? Please share your experience with us, in the comments below.