Advent 3 – When Plans Change
Thursday, December 20
Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples. He went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any there who belonged to the Way, whether men or women, he might take them as prisoners to Jerusalem. As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?” “Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked. “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” he replied. “Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.” The men traveling with Saul stood there speechless; they heard the sound but did not see anyone. 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. For three days he was blind, and did not eat or drink anything.
In this scripture, Saul was headed into Damascus to persecute Christians when a blinding light from heaven showed up. Jesus spoke to Saul and told him to go to Damascus and he would be told what he must do. Saul, who eventually becomes the Apostle Paul, got a very abrupt change in the direction of his life that day he met Jesus. His life became totally different after that encounter.
How often do we wish God would be so blatant in his plans for us? More often, I feel as though it is more of a crumb trail than a blinding light. It seems God drops crumb after crumb and each one we pick up changes the course of our life, sometimes majorly and sometimes minimally.
This past year for me one of my major crumbs turned into a leadership role in MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) here at King of Kings. During several meetings last year it was evident that in order for MOPS to continue, we needed new leaders, but I was a new mom! Surely someone else was better suited to lead—someone with more experience; someone with a stronger faith! It would have been so easy for me to ignore the crumb or brushed it off the road but it took courage to pick it up and it was definitely a step out in faith. That step out in faith has led me to friendships, a community of moms and a deeper relationship with Jesus. What would I have missed if I brushed away that crumb? It is sometimes hard but always good when God intervenes on our own plans and sets us on His plan when we follow the crumbs He is laying out before us. What crumb have you kicked off the road lately? You may still have time to turn around and pick it up. Don’t hesitate to let God change your direction—it might just be the very thing that leads you into something that will bring you many blessings and also help you be a blessing to others.
By Liz Bakos, MOPS & God’s GALS