Lessons from Saul's conversion
How God connects the dots!
Acts of the Apostles (9:1-20), is a popular passage in the Scripture which tells the story of Saul's conversion. I'm just marveled at the way God connects the dots. Saul departs on a mission to persecute Christians. God changes his plan, and eventually his entire life. He encounters God in a unique way, then goes blind. What is most puzzling being how God moves different persons as players in Saul's conversion experience! The disciple Ananias is somewhere praying.
Then he gets this revelation, "Ananias, get up and go to the street called Straight and ask at the house of Judas for a man from Tarsus named Saul. He is there praying, and in a vision, he has seen a man named Ananias come in and lay his hands on him, that he may regain his sight" (Acts 9:11-12). Even though Ananias hesitates for a moment, he has only to play according to God's plan. God has already arranged everything. He knows the result. He provides the destination. Judas' house is the meeting place.
Then he gives Ananias the GPS, and leads him off. Ananias is coming from the direction of the sunset while Saul is coming against the sun. The darkness in Saul's heart is meeting the light of God in Ananias, and Saul's life will automatically change. God reveals to Saul what his next step would be. Isn't that amazing that his life will never be the same? We just need to realize that God connects the dots in our lives, as he did for Saul. He has the direction. He provides the meeting place. He produces the result. He is the King of Kings and Lord of lords. Just play into his game-plan. May God connect the missing dots in your life. Amen.