Sometimes blind ain’t so bad
By Sparta Live | September 24, 2018 8:25 am
By Steve Qualls – Christpoint Church
Most people who know Tena and me can attest to the fact that we might just like a motorcycle ride in the country from time to time. We have enjoyed many miles with friends and family meandering the countryside on two wheels. But when you view the picture that I’m painting for you, I would imagine we think of the beautiful sunny days with the sounds of birds chirping and the smell of honeysuckles in the air. Sometimes it’s like that, but one thing I’ve discovered in my years of riding is that if you ride long enough, you’re going to have to ride through a storm. But even on the most beautiful of days, we still have to ride home with the sun in our eyes sometimes. In those moments you kind of feel like you’re running blind.
One thing that I have learned from my Christian walk is that sometimes we may be better off running blind than to run in our own direction. Let me explain, in the book of Acts chapter 9, this horrible guy by the name of Saul was on his way to arrest some worshippers of God. As we say in the South, he was going to lower the boom on some folks. But God had a much different plan for his day. Actually, little did he know, but God was about to change his life and his name forever. On his way to a place called Damascus, the Lord threw him down and spoke to him. He got his attention in a powerful way. But something else happened that day that I want to key in on. Jesus told him to get up and go into the city. Now this is the very city that Saul himself was about to go into and persecute. And he pretty much told him to wait there for instruction. Saul had run into the Son. He was blind, and he couldn’t see. He had to be led like a slave into the city that he wanted to enslave.
If Paul had entered that city on his own terms, people would have been hurt. He would have entered the city as Saul. But God blinded him, and led him in as Paul. Sometimes we can’t see the city for the sun. Sometimes what we would like to envision from God simply doesn’t happen that way. But what we can’t see, God can see.
Now Ananias was the man chosen by God to go into the city and lay hands on a man whose reputation indicated that he would arrest him if he did. But Ananias did what God called him to do, and the world was changed from that day forward.
Two men entered that city differently than they left it. Sometimes blind ain’t so bad. One man was still afraid of a blind man’s authority, and the other was afraid of the darkness. But both were under the divine direction of the hand of God.
Someone had to tend to Paul’s every need in those three days of blindness. It was someone’s job to take him to where he couldn’t see to go. That’s the person whose mission is greater than themselves. Those are the greatest servants. These were the guys who heard but didn’t see on the road that day. They were obedient to what they heard. Paul was led by the men he couldn’t see but could hear, and the men were led by what they didn’t see but what they heard.
How differently would this story have been if any of these men involved in these events would have chosen to disobey authority? Paul, His men, Ananias? Each one would have lost out terribly on God’s awesome plan for their lives, but I would love to quote Mordecai in the book of Esther, “God’s plan will be fulfilled whether it be through you or through someone else.”
It would have been sad if any of these individuals had made a lasting decision based on their moments of blindness and missed out on God’s wonderful plan for their lives.
So, when it seems like we just can’t see where we’re going, then we should remind ourselves that although we may enter the city blind and helpless, if we wait on the Lord, then we will exit that city with clear vision.
Come on out to see us at Christpoint Church, my friends, this Sunday at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. We’re real people, living real lives, serving a real God. Welcome home.