Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples. He went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any there who belonged to the Way, whether men or women, he might take them as prisoners to Jerusalem. As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?”
“Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked.
“I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” he replied. “Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”
The men traveling with Saul stood there speechless; they heard the sound but did not see anyone. Saul got up from the ground, but when he opened his eyes he could see nothing. So they led him by the hand into Damascus. For three days he was blind, and did not eat or drink anything. ~Acts 9:1-9
Today I read this beautiful account again of Saul seeing the light. Saul thought his purpose was to bring all believers of Jesus Christ he found in the town of Damascus back to Jerusalem in chains. That’s why he was traveling along that road. He had a mission and a purpose he believed strongly in.
One of the reasons I love this account is because it shows what incredible lengths God will go to make sure that His plan trumps our mission. I wonder what Saul thought and prayed about as he sat in the dark for three days. He wasn’t 100% sure he would ever see again. I wonder at what point in the whole process Saul surrendered his mission of persecution to God’s plan of love. I wonder when he truly saw the light.
Saul’s mission that day was to bring believers back in chains. God’s mission was to set a man free from his chains. God’s mission was to take a man traveling along in darkness and shine the light of Truth into his heart. God’s mission was to take all the wrong turns Saul had made in his past and use them as evidence that no one is beyond His reach! No one!
Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
and he saved them from their distress.
He brought them out of darkness, the utter darkness,
and broke away their chains.
Psalm 107: 13-14