Thursday, January 9, 2014

Um, There's Someone Behind You...

Photo Credit to Thierry Gregorius 

Rigor mortis drapes fingertips long on our Christmas tree still sparkling beside me. Fragrant pine needles wafted long after December 25th so I didn't have the heart to throw it away then. Now the scent has passed, though, and it's time. 

Alongside strong French coffee this week, I've been following a tale of death and starting over. In familiar biblical accounts in Luke, we see Jesus dying on the cross, a dark cave tomb blasted with light and an empty slab where a body should be.

"Why do you look for the living among the dead?" angels ask with a smile to wondering women.

And along a winding country road, seven miles outside the city, Jesus appears to two men and starts a conversation.

It always begins with a conversation. The Godhead shows up humbly, unobtrusively. To the men, he appeared beside them as they walked, and asked them what they were talking about.

Beside you, too, today, as you shuffle papers in the office, or fold laundry and orchestrate a home, and while you tap keys on your computer...

He walks quietly up beside us, wonders what we are thinking, listens, and then begins to talk.

And the old, the dead, the browning stiffness is gone, replaced with a burning sense of wonder.

"Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him..."

"Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?" they raved. And suddenly, any road weariness is lifted and they leave their supper behind, drop all thoughts of sleep, and retrace their seven mile hike back into town.

This God, he's always making things new, bringing life to the dead, and desiring to reveal himself to us in a way that makes our hearts burn within us. God, help me see you walking here beside me, eager to open my mind to understand your word.


12 comments:

Cheryl Barker said...

Jennifer, I love how you said that God is always making things new. I love how He breaths fresh life into us, and I pray that I will always sense Him walking beside me, too. Blessings to you this week!

Bethany Hayes said...

Thank you, Jennifer. I love that He is "desiring to reveal himself to us in a way that makes our hearts burn within us." Thank you for these words.

Bethany
www.CapacityCorner.blogspot.com

Floyd said...

Scary thought that He's always there... Thankful to HIm that He's forgiven us!

Pam said...

There's nothing like that "burning in our hearts," knowing He is with us, is there? Uplifting words, Jennifer...and more than that...beautiful truth that brings hope. And joy in knowing we are never alone.

Renee said...

Hi, Jennifer! I'm just now following up on some of my blog comments & am so glad I hopped over here. I've been reading through your insightful posts. Thanks for sharing & for visiting me at Doorkeeper. Blessings!

T.J. Ellis said...

I really needed this word in this moment thank you Jennifer.

Jennifer Dougan said...

Thank you, Cheryl.

Jennifer Dougan
www.jenniferdougan.com

Jennifer Dougan said...

Bethany,

Nice to talk with you again. :) Thank you.

I love that God wants to reveal more of his heart and words to us each day.

Have a great week,
Jennifer Dougan
www.jenniferdougan.com

Jennifer Dougan said...

Amen, Floyd.

Jennifer
www.jenniferdougan.com

Jennifer Dougan said...

Thank you, Pam. Good to talk with you tonight.

Jennifer
www.jenniferdougan.com

Jennifer Dougan said...

Renee,

Welcome, I'm glad you stopped in here.

Jennifer
www.jenniferdougan.com

Jennifer Dougan said...

TJ, I'm so glad, thankful that this was helpful. That's always my prayer, friend.

Have a good week,
Jennifer
www.jenniferdougan.com