“Transformation on a Damascus Road”
Transformation on a Damascus Road
I’ve heard anecdotes it’s true
Some might say that’s long ago
Except, it could happen to me or you
I hope I’m on the side that gives
Blessings so that others live
Make it more than allegory
Arrival, is the point to take
Lord, hear these heartfelt words I pray
Transform me in your glory
I’m always fascinated the story of the Apostle Paul’s transformation on the Damascus road. (Acts 9:1-20)
He was out persecuting people for believing differently than him. This feels all too real to me today. Love calls us to do better. A lot better. But, before I look at the actions of others, I feel compelled to look at myself. I have shut the door of love on others more times than I care to admit.
Except, I think that’s the point.
God can use me whether I’m the one being called away from the error my ways, like Paul, or being used as the vessel through which restoration happens like Ananias. I just have to be willing.
Look at the story. Paul is admonished and healed. (Yes, I know admonished is an understatement!) Ananias is called to go forward even with fear. Both men are transformed.
This is good news!
So, where do you need transformation today?
Do you need to move beyond fear to go forward?
Do you need to make changes?
Either is possible with love.
Ultimately, the question becomes, “Are you willing?”
Let me know what you think about all this. I look forward to your comments.
Wherever you are this day, I hope you’ll join me in reflection as we share this part of our journey together and remember, in the realm of justice and love,
“Love accepts you, no exceptions.”
Link to Acts 9:1-20