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. Acts 9:8 NIV
Distractions are everywhere. On my computer. In my house. On the TV, the Kindle, my phone. Out my window. In my car. At church. Everywhere I look, there is something to keep me from what I should be doing.
Sometimes that tunnel vision is good. I have a project I need to work on, and the TV blaring, the cat jumping on my back, or the lawnmower running outside will do nothing to break me out of "the zone." I work hard. I get done what I need to. Go me!
But what if my "project" is outside God's will? What if what I'm supposed to be doing is one (or more) of those "distractions?" Well, then we have a problem.
I think maybe that's what Saul/Paul's issue was. He comes across to me as a very focused person - maybe even with Joanne-Sher-like tunnel vision. He knew those Christ followers were drawing people away from Judaism, profaning the name of the God he had worshiped all his life. Blaspheming. And he had to do something about it.
So he went to Damascus with permission to imprison any Christ followers he found. His vision was razor-sharp on his mission.
Until God took that vision away from him. (Acts 9:1-19)
Could it be that Saul's vision was so filled with lies that the only way he would follow the truth would be for the Lord to blind Him? Could my vision be the same? Could yours?
Heavenly Father, blind me so I can see.
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