Blessed is the one…whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and who meditates on his law day and night. Psalms 1:1-3
The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law. Deut. 29:29
“Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures.”… 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?” Luke 24:25, 31,32
Art Fry and Spence Silver worked for Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing. Art was a long term employee working for 3M for more than 40 years. One of the perk’s of working for 3M was that the company had 2 golf courses on their 475 acre campus. The executives encouraged the employee’s to “clear their heads” by partaking in the available recreation, as this activity would often lead to new creation!
Spence Silver was a Chemical engineer. One day while golfing with Art, he mentioned that they had created a new adhesive of microscopic balls of acrylic which when applied to a surface would create a weak bond and left no residue. While this new product was interesting, they were at a loss as to how to use such a weak adhesive. Conventional wisdom was that adhesives needed to be strong, not weak. Who would ever need a weak adhesive?
5 years later, Art was in church singing in the choir when a piece of paper he was using for a book mark fell out of the hymnal. It was Art’s “ah ha” or what if” moment. What if the adhesive was used to temporarily mark pages? What if they were used for temporary notes that could be discarded later? It took 5 years to come up with a “use case” for Silvers invention, but the “post it note” was born while singing in choir. Sometimes it takes a while for an idea or thought to fully bloom and be understood.
That was the case for two men walking on a road to Emmaus. Their “ah ha” or “what if” moment of sudden realization or inspiration only came as they discussed scripture and the events that they had experienced. As they continued to walk with Jesus, asking questions and pondering the events they had experienced, Jesus opened up their minds so that they could understand.
Sometimes you can read a passage of scripture, or ponder an aspect of the character or nature of God and it seems like it just doesn’t stick. Then all of a sudden, the Holy Spirit just cements it to your life in a way that becomes foundational to your life. Let’s keep meditating, pondering and asking the Lord to open our hearts and minds to God’s truth, that he might make our hearts burn within us, just like the men on the road to Emmaus.