Wednesday Word 5.8.2019

Acts 9:10-20 New International Version

10 In Damascus there was a disciple named Ananias. The Lord called to him in a vision, “Ananias!” “Yes, Lord,” he answered. 11 The Lord told him, “Go to the house of Judas on Straight Street and ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying. 12 In a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come and place his hands on him to restore his sight.” 13 “Lord,” Ananias answered, “I have heard many reports about this man and all the harm he has done to your holy people in Jerusalem. 14 And he has come here with authority from the chief priests to arrest all who call on your name.” 15 But the Lord said to Ananias, “Go! This man is my chosen instrument to proclaim my name to the Gentiles and their kings and to the people of Israel. 16 I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.” 17 Then Ananias went to the house and entered it. Placing his hands on Saul, he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord—Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here—has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” 18 Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he could see again. He got up and was baptized, 19 and after taking some food, he regained his strength.  Saul spent several days with the disciples in Damascus. 20 At once he began to preach in the synagogues that Jesus is the Son of God.

The Scriptures are filled with stories about God’s call. Moses told God he was “slow of speech and tongue” in Exodus, and tried to get out of the tasks set before him. Jeremiah argued that he was too young and didn’t know how to speak. God touched his mouth and gave him the words. Jeremiah, like so many other prophets, didn’t have an easy time of it. When he tried to hold God’s message inside, he said it burned his heart and he had no choice but to spread the message. We are probably all familiar with the story of Jonah and where he wound up when he tried to outrun God!

You may not think that you have the right words to express the Good News. You may think you are too young, or perhaps, too old. You can try to ignore that nagging in the back of your mind; those thoughts that may seem to come from left field that you could never have imagined on your own; that tug on your heartstrings. It won’t go away. You cannot outrun God. Paul never dreamed for a moment what God had planned. The vision from God was absolutely the last thing Ananias expected. But, they listened and look what happened.  We need to start listening, too…something to pray about.

Your sister in Christ, Vicki