9 Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples. He went to the high priest 2 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. 3 As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. 4 He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?”
5 “Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked.
“I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” he replied. 6 “Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”
Yesterday I began to write about the work is God constantly doing in each of our lives; at all times He is disrupting, dismantling, healing, and restoring.
Disrupting is a stop and a change of direction, dismantling is the breaking down, the weaning away, or the stripping down of belief, behavior, or stronghold in your life. Healing is exactly that the healing of a wounded area in our lives. Restoring is the restoration of that which was lost, our identity among other things. Over the next few days we will continue to dig more deeply into these intentional acts of our loving Father.
Disruption can be initiated by God or the events of the world in our lives that God will use to help us through this process if we let Him. As we see in the story above Saul had a plan, he was a persecutor of Christians and was on his way to Damascus intending to fulfill his plan along the way. This is where Jesus steps in and disrupts Saul’s plan. We will look more deeply into Saul’s story and how God used the cycle in Saul’s life.
As stated above disruptions can come from God or from the events of this world and the choice we have made in our life. The can come in a change of income, debt, health, loss of relationship just to name a few.
If we are not careful and intentional we can get stuck in the disruption phase feeling as if we are out of control, a victim, or helpless; maybe even mad at God.
When we intentionally turn to God and let Him be the hero of our story (giving Him control); He will lead us in the midst and through the storm we are facing. It is possible to find peace and hope in the middle of disruption.
The question is will we turn to Him or continue to try to control our lives our self?
If you find yourself in phase of disruption today and want to let go of the reins take a moment to pray with me.
Father you know where I am in this challenge in my life, I am tired and I need you to lead me through. I give this to You and I trust You no matter the outcome. Holy Spirit please comfort and guide me.
In Jesus precious name I pray, Amen.
In the Father’s love,