We cannot stop telling about everything we have seen and heard.” Acts 4:20 NCV
A group of women travelled home in the church van from a conference where they had heard a world-renowned speaker. Suddenly a large truck apparently lost control and swerved into their lane of traffic, missing their bumper by inches.
With shaking hands, the driver of the van pulled over to the side of the road and stopped. She laid her head on the steering wheel, struggling to control her breathing and stop the shaking of her hands. Behind her the frantic conversation buzzed.
“Did yo see that?”
“That truck almost hit us!”
“Thank God, He protected us.”
For the next 20 minutes, the women sat there, unable to stop talking about their near-brush with the large truck. When the driver calmed down enough, she pulled back onto the highway and resumed the trip home. Conversation gradually returned to calmer topics – their conference experiences, the speaker and the messages they heard. But each time the conversation lulled, someone would shudder and remark about their near accident, rehashing the incident and their emotional reactions to it all over again.
When something frightening or extraordinary happens to us, we MUST talk about it in order to process the emotions the incident stirs up. For days it will pop up in our minds and become a topic of conversation. However, the length of time between the memories should grow longer and our emotional reactions less intense each time until it fades completely from our minds.
But think about this for a minute. The disciples spent three extraordinary years walking and talking with Jesus – the God of the universe in human form. They watched Him die a slow agonizing death on a cross. They experienced His incredible, jubilant resurrection three days later! It doesn’t get more life-altering than that!
After Jesus ascended to heaven, they couldn’t stop talking about their experiences with Him. But their memories and emotional reactions to Jesus didn’t fade over time. They grew stronger because the Holy Spirit kept reminding them of the things Jesus did and said – AND the Spirit helped them to do the same kind of miracles Jesus did as they spread the word about Him to the ends of the earth.
May that same Jesus so profoundly impact our lives today that we cannot stop talking about Him, His works and His words to those around us! Amen.