“Saul got up from the ground, but when he opened his eyes he could see nothing. For three days he was blind, and did not eat or drink anything.”
“Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he could see again. He got up and was baptized,”
Saul (the apostle Paul, before his conversion) was zealous and working hard in his own old ways. When he met Jesus on the road to Damascus, he was struck down by a light that both opened his eyes and blinded him. This can be a good metaphor for our own crisis moments. In a crisis, we are at once blinded and have our eyes opened to new ways.
When you face difficult situations, you may feel temporarily sightless and lost direction. You don’t know exactly what the next days or months will bring. At the same time, you may also start seeing life in a new light. God can use this time to open your eyes to a new way. When you feel blinded and lost direction, He can give you new insight.
In a times of difficulty, God’s encouragement can often come from other people. After Paul’s life-changing experience on the road to Damascus, Paul went into the city where a man by the name of Ananias came to help him. Ananias prayed that Paul might see again. Following his prayers, Paul was completely restored to health. This story shows that even if your sight is limited, God could send others to you for encouragement and help. Or there could be someone you can reach out to help during these new work situations.
Let God open your eyes to see the new realities of life in your difficult moments this week. May He send you the right help and support and above all give you direction to do things in ways you’ve not done before!
Joseph, PROFIT Singapore