Daily Dose, Nov. 25: It Happened in the Wilderness

Paul had spent his past so sure he was right and a religious expert that he used ALL of his power and abilities to try to destroy Christianity in its infancy, because he believed Christians were betraying the faith of the people of Israel. He would go so far in his quest that he would kill as many Christians as he could -- and had permission to continue.

He was full of passion and fury. He was so sure he was right.
But he found out just how wrong and misguided he was one day as he made his way to Damascus. “…Suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, ‘Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?’” (Acts 9:3-4)
He left that moment unable to see. For three days, his world was dark. It was not only dark because he was unable to see physically, but an even greater darkness hit him when he realized how wrong he’d been. When he realized he had been working against God and his purposes, when he realized he had killed the people of God.
Paul’s time in the wilderness was a time of coming to see himself -- his actions as they truly were – and, no doubt, brought him to seek forgiveness. When he left his time in the wilderness, God was able to take all that passion, all that commitment, all that power and use it to carry the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Sometimes the wilderness is a wake-up call. A chance to see, “Hey You’re on the wrong road! Turn around!”
Praise the God of second chances! -- Rev. Terri Henkel