Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples. (Acts 9:1 NIV)
Wednesdays are always a heartfelt day to write. I have never taken a break like I have for April. April seems to be a whirl of activity. David and I celebrated our 25th Wedding Anniversary on April 2nd. I’ve always wanted to visit Italy, and set a goal to do so by our 25th. When I stated we had planned an action-packed week, this was an understatement. An experience of a lifetime. Rome was incredible with all historical factors. The fact this is where Saul was established and left on the road to Damascus, meeting God’s bright light. “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?” Saul asked, “Who are you, Lord”? “I am Jesus, whom you are prosecuting.”
This encounter has always intrigued me. God’s direct approach, Jesus speaking directly to Saul, questioning why Saul was persecuting Him. Interesting, Saul called Jesus- Lord. It did not matter to Saul- men or women who were followers of Jesus, he wanted taken as prisoners to Jerusalem. The men with Saul became speechless. Scripture states they heard the sound, yet did not see anyone. When Saul began to stand, he opened his eyes to blindness. He was blind for three days, eating and drinking nothing.
Saul’s experience led to a complete transformation, becoming known as Paul. I wonder…why does God not blind more individuals breathing murderous threats; America’s enemies, false teachers becoming very clear. Family members, co-workers, and acquaintances all needing a complete transformation…we must pray for God’s merciful touch to each one’s heart. To soften for understanding- to accept Jesus, Savior of the World. Though the world cries for Barabbas, Jesus has already died and rose again; seated on the right hand of God. He sent The Holy Spirit to us, as He intercedes.
During this Holy Week, as we pray for Notre Dame’s Cathedral and facts deciphered. As individuals struggle with Truth, may their eyes open to see, ears open to hear, and hearts softened to understand. For all taking stance against Biblical Truth, Christians standing firm on God’s Word…Lord, these luke- warm people who claim to be yours, yet coming against Truth- merciful and grace my pour out and make them aware of being deceived, break them forth into your shining bright light- In Jesus’ name, Amen.