Building trust.

(Part two of reflections on Luke 24:13-35. It started with “Walking to Discern“)

When I read about the two disciples walking to Emmaus, some parts of the story stand out.

The first is their honest uncertainty. They didn’t know quite how to make sense of what had happened, but they were willing to talk about it, to think it through out loud, even to invite someone else into their uncertainty.

It wasn’t doubt, exactly. They didn’t cross their arms and say, “Because I don’t understand it, it’s not real.” They were honest about what they didn’t know and willing to seek understanding.

There is integrity when we say, “I’m willing to explore what I don’t understand.” When we understand who God is and what God’s done up to a point and then wrestle through the next steps.

Which takes us to our next observation. They had conversation to learn. 

Jesus joined them while they were walking. They didn’t know it was Jesus, of course. That would ruin the story. But they did know that this was someone to trust to engage in conversation.

Of course, it was a trust that emerged, as happens in walks. We read the comments of Cleopas all at once, as if he spoke it as a complete paragraph. But he likely said it more slowly, making sure as he revealed each piece, that it was safe to say.

He mentioned Jesus. When there were no objections, he mentioned the role of the leaders in Jesus’ death. It was a risky thing to say, but when he found he was safe, he talked about their hopes about Jesus as the one to save Israel.  When that was safe, he talked about the possibility that there had been a resurrection. When that was safe, he mentioned their uncertainty about actually seeing Jesus.

They moved from common knowledge to their heart’s desire.  Each little disclosure made them more vulnerable. But there was something the way Jesus listened that made it okay to keep going.

Even when Jesus poked at their lack of insight.

Apparently, we can express our uncertainty God without getting fired.


Tomorrow: How Jesus responded. 

So you know, my friends Ben and Kevin are writing about leadership from a millennial perspective at Being Millennial. It’s good.