Join us for God on Tap, Tuesday, May 23rd at 7:30pm, upstairs at Gypsy Blue in Ambler for our topic: Steve Jobs and The Road to Emmaus.
This is a season for celebrating graduations and milestones, and every year around this time inspiring videos college commencement addresses fill the interwebs.
One of my favorite speeches is the one the late Steve Jobs, legendary founder of Apple, gave at Stanford University in 2005. It has over 26 million views. Personally, I’ve listened to it many times, especially at times of transition, questioning, and what turned out to be turning points. Here’s the whole video:
My favorite part of the speech is when we says, “you can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backward. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.”
Sometimes we try to line up the dots of our lives looking forward. We want to know what will happen and how things will turn out. But life doesn’t always work that way. Sometimes its only when we look back that we can see and appreciate how the dots connected.
Have you ever had a moment when you’ve looked back and seen how the dots of your life connected?
Hold that thought.
There’s a story in the Bible (one of the my favorites) called The Road to Emmaus. The story goes that two disciples were walking down a road when another person joins them and walks alongside them. It’s Jesus but they don’t know it. The last thing they heard, Jesus had been crucified and buried, dead and gone.
So, they are talking with this guy for literally miles but don’t recognize its Jesus. It’s only when they have dinner with him in Emmaus that he realize its him—and then, poof, he’s gone.
They turn to each other and say, “Weren’t our hearts burning within us while we talked to him on the road?”
It was only in retrospect that they connected the dots. God can be like that. We want answers and solutions and assurances, but ultimately walk by faith, hope, trust, into the mystery of life.
Have you ever had an Emmaus moment, when you looked back and said, “wasn’t my heart burning,” or “God was in this place and I didn’t know it?”
Hope to see you tomorrow night and we can connect the dots together.
program note: This conversation with Will Fuller, originally scheduled for tomorrow, has moved to June 21st:
What ought to be the role of religion in public life? with special guest Will Fuller
What should be the role of religion in our public life? So much of our public life revolves around questions of religion. Some say that the church should stay out of politics and public life. Others feel their religious faith compels them and should compel the church into the public sphere. Is church a place of refuge and sanctuary, or a place that works for social change? Is it both and what is the balance?
Our special guest is someone that lives these questions. Will Fuller, a friend of mine and the Organizer for POWER Interfaith in the Philly Metro area.
A son of western Kentucky, Will originally joined POWER in the fall of 2016 to complete a Community Organizing Fellowship through Leadership for Educational Equity (LEE). He currently organizes full-time for POWER’s suburban counties. A 2010 Teach for America alumnus, he is dedicated to the causes of educational equity, faith-based social justice, theological education reform, and racial reconciliation. He holds a Masters of Education from Lipscomb University and an M.A. in Theological Studies from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.