18 Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he could see again. He got up and was baptized, 19 and after taking some food, he regained his strength.
Saul spent several days with the disciples in Damascus
As we continue with the topic of how at all times God is disrupting, dismantling, healing and restoring in our lives, today we focus on the second part, dismantling.
We looked yesterday of how Saul’s life was disrupted (change of direction) by Jesus on the road to Damascus, as you follow the story God began the process of dismantling in Saul’s life. Saul had been a persecutor of Christians and was well versed in Jewish beliefs and law, he had believed with his heart he was doing God’s work until Jesus stepped in and began to rewire his thinking and reprograming his heart.
Saul began to see the truth of God’s love and learned how to take what he already knew and use it in this new, true context to reach out to others.
This dismantling in our lives is times when God intervenes or uses an incident we have experienced to tear down unhealthy things that are a part of how we had been living and rebuilding back up on a solid foundation.
Oh… this is not fun, but looking back later on you can see the goodness and love of the Father in it.
I remember about a year after we had moved to North Carolina the company I was with began to talk about closing down the location that I where I lived that we had just started not long before. At this point our lives and hearts were in NC and relocating was really not an option. Over approximately a 16 month period my income dropped by 60% of what it had been. At first it was nerve racking trying to figure out how to make ends meet.
At some point I became at the end of what I could do (trying to control) and gave my concerns to the Father. The process was still painful, but looking back it was a very healthy thing to have gone through. I learned a lot about things I thought we “had to have” that really did not matter. Through it all we had power each day and food on our table. God dismantled some unhealthy financial habits I had fallen into.
My prayer for each of us today is that the Holy Spirit will peel back the scales from our eyes that we may see the dismantling the Father has done in the past that was good for us and help us understand how He is loving us through what He is taking apart right now in our lives.
In the Father’s love