I saw a light from heaven, brighter than the sun, shining around me and my companions. (Acts 26)
The pivots on the thresholds shook at the voices of those who called, and the house filled with smoke. (Isaiah 6)
Kevin and Jeff were co-workers. Jeff was also a seminary student. Kevin’s life was a mess and one day asked Jeff to talk. After 30 minutes Jeff asked Kevin to pray. Jeff prayed first and then Kevin struggled pray — something he had never done in front of someone before. As Kevin prayed, a bright light from a great distance seemed to pour into the room. Kevin’s heart was filled with love. 20 years of shame fell away. He became concerned about his family’s well-being, had a deep desire to please God, and gained discernment he never had before.
It always surprised Kevin that Jeff never talked about the events of that evening. 25 years later Kevin figured out why. For Jeff, this was about saving Kevin from hell and getting him to church. Kevin certainly embraced Christ that night, but he also experienced what Teresa calls “spiritual consolations” and the “enlargement of the heart”.
Jeff, the seminary student, did not understand much of what happened that evening. He was limited by the narrow theology of his church. If we believe the Emmaus Road, The Damascus Road, or Isaiah in the Temple are only historical events — that is all they will ever be.
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