Meanwhile, Saul was uttering threats with every breath and was eager to kill the Lord’s followers. So he went to the high priest. He requested letters addressed to the synagogues in Damascus, asking for their cooperation in the arrest of any followers of the Way he found there. He wanted to bring them—both men and women—back to Jerusalem in chains.
As he was approaching Damascus on this mission, a light from heaven suddenly shone down around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul! Saul! Why are you persecuting me?”
I'm astounded at the extent to which God goes to save hearts on a destructive path. It makes me think about how He saved me. Paul was dead-set on the path he was going on. He knew what he wanted to do and he knew why we was on the road he was on.
Jesus sought Paul when Paul was decidedly against Jesus. And I love that Jesus saves us from the paths, the roads, the plans, we think we have. He interrupts our plans.
Yes doesn't that take you back to the cross? Paul later said, “Yet while we were still in our sin, Christ died for us.” There are so many details in this story that are so integral to our walk, right? Like, the fact that God caused Paul to be blind … Maybe sometimes He has to put us in a place where we can't see what's ahead in order for Him to work in and through us.
Wow! His blindness was a blessing to Paul. God was doing something in him during those 3 days when he couldn’t see. And what God did in Paul over those three days opened his eyes to see who Christ was and how Christ was in the Church. Paul began to understand that Jesus draws no distinctions between Himself and His Church: “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?”