Are you in a wilderness season? Do you feel blind?
May I encourage you for a moment? Maybe it is not that you’re off God’s track, but that you’re on it.
When Saul (soon-to-be Paul), a lead persecutor of Christians, encountered Jesus on the road to Damascus, Jesus said to Him, “I am Jesus, the one you are persecuting! Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you are to do.” (Acts 9:6)
Following these words, Saul may have wanted to go, but found himself blind. Seeing black, he lost all ability to control his future, his steps, and his path.
He would never find his way on his own.
Maybe you are in shoes like Saul was – without sight to your own answers, your future or your safety. In a place of complete reliance rather than answers.
There are 3 key details from Saul that may encourage us, as we try to chart our way:
ONE: “Saul picked himself up off the ground…” to obey Jesus (Acts 9:8)
Certainly, Saul could have wailed and lamented His past and sat hopelessly in the mud. But, chose not to. The only way to get where God is calling you is to get up an go. Even if you’ve made a mistake in the past. This is okay. Getting up is repentance (repentance = hearing + a new-doing).
TWO: “His companions led (Saul) by the hand to Damascus.” (Acts 9:9) Later, the Lord led Ananias, through a vision, to lay hands on Saul and to set him free.
Some of us feel we have to control our destiny. We have to manage our ship. We have to make things work. The reality is, God is God enough to line up everyone and everything just right. God will put the right people around you, the right hands on you and the right path before you – to get you to where He’s taking you. He knows what He’s doing. We can rest in that.
THREE: Saul was filled with the Holy Spirit (Acts 9:17) and something like “scales fell from his eyes” (Acts 9:18).
Greater sight of God is always our goal. And, blind faith often leads us there. It is not by our power or might, but by the Spirit. The bumpy-road process of getting somewhere is a time of grabbing-onto-God and learning about Him. It is where we find God does have us and hold us, forever.
So, friend, if you don’t “know” today. . . If you can’t see. . . If you feel like you can hardly make your way. . . be encouraged. . . God sees you and He knows where He’s taking you. He’s always known how to get you there. You are not lost to Him.
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It can be so difficult to relinquish control and let God be God in my life. Thank you for the reminder that God’s got me. He’s leading me and working each detail out in my life. I’m truly glad God sees my path, especially when the way forward looks muddled through my perspective.
It’s easy to think that we have no control, or all the control. But God meets us in that middle place to show us who He is and who He made us to be!
Paul story of redemption, and how God was able to use him is such an inspiration to me. His ministry is still helping Christians thousands of years after his death. Oh, what a wonderful Savior we serve.
Funny this blog should b posted in “blindness”… As I am praying for healing if my right eye…cataracts r slowly invading my eyesight…left eye is trying to accommodate seeing w/out help of right eye…making vision blurry ” I get nauseous from trying to SEE! Its awful…I can”t read…or much less…no driving ‘ can’t babysit my 4 yr old soon…having to wait til Feb 15 for surgery…& getting a lens put in…is making me anxious…
Praying constantly …asking God…from whence do I rcve an answer ..praying for patience…taking fears away…I live alone…& was quite independent…now it seems like privileges r being taken away!
Pls pray for my eye…right eye! left is going to go too…so I am frightened…just waiting but praying for eye surgeons hands when he replaces my eye lens! 🙁
Wonderful story of faith and redemption! Thank you for sharing, Kelly!
Such a comfort to remember that we’re not lost to Him even when we feel lost!
Hi Kelly … I’m on that long journey of full grasping that He’s got it.
Whatever seems to daunt or taunt, It’s in His hands.
Encouraging post. Nice to be back over here Kelly. Miss ya!
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Even when we think we’re in control, I think we have a lot less control than the think! It’s so much better to just trust Him in the first place, but not always easy or natural!
Even when we think we’re in control we probably have a lot less control than we think. It’s so much better to surrender to Him in the first place, but not always easy or natural!