But God kept them from recognizing him. (Luke 24:16 NLT)
I believe this happened because he wanted to hear their heart and their true feelings; not religious talk. Jesus wanted to have a heart felt conversation. They were 7 miles away from their destination. They just lost their leader and hope. Jesus wanted to walk with them through their toughest situation. He wanted to be present in their pain.
So many times we approach God with "faith" talk and Christianese. We try to wear a mask. God knows that the things we are telling Him, we don't even believe. God desires that we are truthful and pour out our whole hearts to Him. He knows you are hurting. He knows that you are scared.
Could it be that God allows dark seasons, times when we don't feel Him, so that we will be real and show our true feelings?
What I love about this is that Jesus walked with them on their loneliest journey. He loved them that much.
Be real with God today. Cry before Him. Share your heart with Him. Leaders who start movements are transparent before God and to others.