“Saul spent a few days getting acquainted with the Damascus disciples….His momentum was up now and he plowed straight into the opposition…” Acts 9:22 (The Message Bible)
We were given complementary tickets to the Phoenix Suns game from my friend, Kay, who was performing with the “Golden Grannies.” Going to a major-league basketball game is more nearly like going to a performance—the crowd is entertained by dancers, games, t-shirt tosses, and the barkers selling cookies, popcorn, beer. I had a great time, but unfortunately, the Suns played poorly—technical fouls, missed lay ups, free throws, and three-point shots—and lost the game. The national basketball league had a shutout at the beginning of their season and some like to say that is why the team doesn’t jell and perform the way they should.
Saul was on the road to Damascus and was waylaid when Jesus stopped him in his tracks and blinded his eyes. For three days Saul fasted and prayed. His sight was restored, but before going off to defend the Jesus he had once persecuted, he took time to get acquainted with the other disciples. Saul was given a new name; we know him as a super star for Christianity—Paul, who plowed through the adversities he had once been a part of until the day he died.
Dear Lord, I pray that I, too, will continue to plow through opposition and work toward my goal of inspiring others in their faith growth. Amen.