188. Flashing Lights

“I think,” Stan said, “that it is fair to say that the conversion of Saul of Tarsus on the road to Damascus was likely the most significant thing that happened to the early church.”

“I can agree with that,” I responded, and added, “it’s always interesting to see who God has to use and how He wants to use them.”

“For me,” Stan continued, “what happened with Saul, who later became known as Paul, is a great inspiration for me.”

“In what way?” I asked.

“Saul was confronted by flashing lights from heaven, and so am I.”

“The difference here,” Stan continued, “is that Jesus got Saul’s immediate attention.  With me, however, He does not always get my attention.”

Stan then went on to say, “Way too often I am so focused on what I want to do, regardless of what God has for me to do, that I simply ignore Him.”

“Well,” I said, “if you were confronted by flashing lights from heaven the way Paul was, don’t you think that would probably make a difference.”

“Maybe,” Stan said, “but there is plenty of evidence in my life to the contrary.”

 “The only thing that will make a difference is if I do what Jesus said I have to do in order to be His disciple.  Deny self, take up my cross, and follow Him.”

Concluding, Stan then said, “God flashes plenty of lights for me to see.  I just have to stop ignoring them.”

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And it came about that as he journeyed, he was approaching Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him.  Acts of the Apostles 9:3.

Prayer:  Thank you, Lord, for wanting to get my attention for me to be and to do what you intend.  Too often I ignore what you have for me.  Please forgive me for that.  And, Lord, please move in me in exact accord with your will to move me to want to be your disciple in every aspect of my being.  Please don’t stop flashing your lights just because I ignore them.  Help me in not ignoring them.  Thank you that I can and do bring you these prayers before you in the name of Jesus.  Amen.

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