Change of Course

Then Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked letters from him to the synagogues of Damascus, so that if he found any who were of the Way, whether men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem.

As he journeyed he came near Damascus, and suddenly a light shone around him from heaven. Then he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?” – Acts 9:1-4 NKJV. 

Although it happened 20 something years ago, I still remember hearing about a woman whose car caught fire as she was driving near a neighboring church. She made it to the church parking lot and some people called the fire department. The fire department was able to save the back tires and the gas tank but everything else was burned. 

The woman seemed to have no reason to be in the area and you have to wonder if God was involved with a car suddenly catching fire just in time to make it to a church parking lot. Could be that she was on her way to somewhere she shouldn’t have been. It may be that God stopped her. He’s been known to do that before.

Saul, soon to be known as Paul, had a similar experience. Saul was on his way to cause some major damage to the early church. Being blinded by the Lord changed his mind and the course of life. From Saul the persecutor to Paul the apostle and missionary. Quite a change! 

If you need a change of course in your life, what would it take to bring it about? Blindness? A car fire? Illness? Would God do such a thing? I know that he did things like that in the apostle Paul’s life and God has done things like that in my life.

Really, I don’t know whether the woman who had the car fire was off course with her life or not. Could have just been a coincidence. But why wait for God, or a coincidence, to change the course of your life? If you are off course with your life, and know it, why not change course now?

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