Lay me down. Lay me down. Hand on my heart this much is true…
The words on my heart when my eyes opened this morning. They’re from a song I’ve heard a few times at church recently. Here’s the whole song if you’d like to take a listen.
In my Scripture reading, I am continuing my trip through the Book of Acts. Today was Chapter 9, the famous account of Paul’s conversion on the road to Damascus. I’ve read this chapter many times but the verse that stood out to me today was a portion of the Lord’s conversation with Ananias.
“Now there was a believer in Damascus named Ananias. The Lord spoke to him in a vision, calling, “Ananias!”
“Yes, Lord!” he replied.
The Lord said, “Go over to Straight Street, to the house of Judas. When you get there, ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul. He is praying to me right now. ” (bold emphasis mine)
I would love to know what Paul was saying to the Lord. I have a feeling sweet words of surrender like the ones in this song were pouring from his lips.
Hand on my heart, I belong to you alone…Lord I know that now, I will follow you now always. Please help me.
I was reminded this morning of a good question to ask ourselves the moment our eyes open in the morning and before climbing out of bed.
Lord, how can I serve you today?
After Paul’s conversion and his eyes were opened, he wasted no time going to work serving the Lord. What if we treated each day like that…as if our eyes have been opened again for the first time? A fresh start, a brand new chance to give everything back to God.
“Saul stayed with the believers in Damascus for a few days.And immediately he began preaching about Jesus in the synagogues, saying, ‘He is indeed the Son of God!'” (v 19-20)
Lord, help us to live today with this level gratitude for what you have done and what you will continue to do in our lives.