An unexpected visitor on the road to Emmaus.
The Road to Emmaus Bible story can be found in the Young Children and Worship book. The scripture can be found in Luke 24:1-35.
During this story our children learned more about an unexpected moment. The moment when two disciples were traveling on the road to Emmaus and they didn't expect to meet Jesus.
Those travelers had a preconceived idea of who Jesus was, what He had come to do, and how He should do it. But when things did not turn out like they thought they should, they dismissed everything as a mere failure.
It was only as they had fellowship with Jesus that He disclosed Himself to them. Jesus reveals Himself to those whose eyes He has opened through the truths of His Word. Can you imagine the excitement they must have felt? They said to one another, "Did not our hearts burn within us while He was speaking to us on the road, while He was explaining the Scriptures to us?" Their encounter with Jesus had to have been emotional. It had stirred them on the inside. It had moved their very hearts. And once moved they could not help but share.
All who have experienced God moments are moved with similar emotions. All who have come to know Him should react that way. We should not be able to contain it. Jesus told Thomas in John 20:29, "Because you have seen Me, you have believed. Those who believe without seeing are blessed."
While God always has a plan, we are not always privy to that plan. When things don't turn out like we expect, instead of giving up and admitting defeat, perhaps we should slow down and reflect, to see if maybe God is trying to show us something that we simply do not see.
The Unexpected Lesson
Then they planted old dried beans to see if something new and unexpected can come from these old beans.
Our children are so blessed to have such dedicated and inspirational teachers!