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 9:7-9
Saul had a life-changing experience on his way to Damascus. Those around him knew something had happened to him, but they weren’t sure what it was. Saul was so affected by this encounter he couldn’t see and for three days he didn’t eat or drink.
Most of us don’t have such a dramatic exchange with the risen Christ, but it still happens today. We hear the testimony of those who have been profoundly affected by Jesus presence and healing, and we sometimes shake our heads – why doesn’t He appear to me like that? God knows our needs and how they are different than our wants.
I think it would be wonderful to have Jesus show up for coffee in the morning, to listen to my joys and concerns, to reassure me and cheer me – and while I may not see Him or offer Him a cup, I know He does show up, every morning and always, to be with me for what I need, not necessarily what I want. While I may long for the “Saul experience”, He knows what is lacking in my life and how to best provide for me.
Gracious God, we pray “Thy will be done”, but we still want our own way too often. Help us to understand the unique love You have for us and the special relationship we share, unlike any other. Make us strong to do Your work, and may we be obedient to the call You make on our lives. Amen.