My posts come from my personal daily scripture readings and a part of my personal accountability. If we are going to grow as followers of Christ, we must be in the Word! If you miss these a few days, something has kept me from it; but if they're gone for too many days, call me on the carpet. We need to hold one another accountable. I follow the readings and journaling from lifejournal.me. Join me on this journey as our lives are to Reflect the Image-and Jesus IS the image. Peace, Carla Sunberg
Thursday, October 25, 2012
More than a Damascus Road Experience
But on the night immediately following, the Lord stood at
his side and said, “Take courage; for as you have solemnly witnessed to
My cause at Jerusalem, so you must witness at Rome also.”
(Acts 23:11 NASB)
Throughout this chapter in Acts we have insight into Paul's
different encounters with Jesus Christ. Yes, he first meets him on the
road to Damascus, but that is not the only time. Several times Jesus
continues to come to Paul, leading him and giving him direction in life.
In this final encounter we see that Jesus comes right to him in prison
and speaks to him. Paul has no doubt about what he is to do, for Jesus
has given him instructions as to what lies ahead.
I think that many of us seek a Damascus Road type of experience.
We want Jesus to blind us with a light and speak to us audibly.
However, for many of us there will not be an experience like Paul's, and
too often we focus on Paul's one encounter with Jesus. In truth that
first encounter was just that -- a first encounter. That first
encounter led to an entire life which was devoted to serving Jesus, and
other encounters with Jesus later on. Usually those later encounters
are forgotten in the story and we focus on the one big huge encounter at
the very beginning. Too often we do the same thing and we assume there
has to be this huge beginning to the relationship, and instead of
faithfully following the Lord every day of our lives and opening our
eyes to rather ordinary encounters with Jesus, we seek the BIG ones.
Jesus doesn't always come in the big encounters. Yes, he might come
that way, but more than likely he comes to us in a small whisper, or the
sweet breath of God blowing gently on our cheek and waking us up in the
middle of the night to have a heart to heart conversation. The reality
is that for Paul, and for us, our walk with the Lord is not about
waiting for a Damascus Road experience, but about tuning into Jesus on a
daily basis and recognizing him when he does speak to us. It is about a
relationship of intimacy which does not need to be a blinding road-side
Lord, please help me to have eyes to see you in the ordinary events
of my day and ears to hear your gentle words of leading and guiding.