Jesus himself suddenly came and began walking with them. But God kept them from recognizing him. (Luke 24:15-16)
Didn’t our hearts burn within us?... (Luke 24:32)
I’ve always loved the story of the resurrection appearance of Jesus to the friends on the road to Emmaus. I love the image of them being unaware of Jesus with them. But when they realize it and look back on their time they realize that throughout it, their “hearts burn within” them.
That’s how we can know God’s presence with us - when we feel our “hearts burn within”. And I believe he is with us so much more than we are aware.