Have you ever had one of those moments in which you get so excited about discovering a new truth that it causes you to look at things entirely differently? Your pulse quickens, your eyes light up and something that seemed so distant and non-personal suddenly becomes like it was meant … just for YOU!
Our missionary trainers love to share how local leaders who attend one of our Bridges training events (held in oral cultures all around the world) often discover new biblical truths when they gather as a small group to discuss, share, dialogue, and turn these providential Bible stories into dance together. It happens over and over again where a new revelation catches hold of a person and it truly changes their life forever.
The Holy Spirit reveals much to those who have gathered with open hearts and minds to learning and discovering during memorizing, sharing and retelling a story. What’s interesting is that no one needs to try to provide any deep theological interpretations but they simple need to listen and respond to the Spirit’s prompting. The simple truths that come out and oh my how their hearts burn with passion upon discovering new truths!
To me this “discovery process” is much like the two disciples on the road to Emmaus who are visited by Jesus (unbeknownst to them at that moment) on the day of His resurrection as He accompanies them on their walk to the next village. Jesus reveals all of His fulfillment of prophecy in the scriptures while He is walking and talking with them and then as they sit down to eat a meal later that day as stated in Luke 24:30-32 (NIV):
“When Jesus 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?”
The Story of the Road to Emmaus is one of my favorites. Oh how I would have liked to have been there and to hear our Lord’s redemptive plan directly from our Lord Jesus’ mouth! This story encourages me much and it also inspires me to spend more time with my family, local church body and small group in the “discovery process” with this and other Bible Stories. We call it the “Discovery Bible Storying” process around here at SIU and it’s the most powerful part of the Lord’s teaching and equipping methodology we promote.
So what Biblical story have you shared recently and what new revelation or spiritual truth has been discovered and revealed to you? Is it something you would like to share with others to inspire and encourage them in their walk with the Lord?