For three days, he was unable to see Acts 9:9
Saul sure has an encounter with Christ on the to road Damascus, knocks him right off his horse! During my time as a mom, I have been knocked off my horse many a time. Sometimes, like Saul, I am doing it to myself by how I perceive things or how I am reacting to things. Like Saul, I may just have a certain experience of a situation that I angerly can not shake; won’t shake. I am emotionally and spiritually blind. Or worst of all, I am just too tired from life to want to hear, see, be anymore.
How many times have we all said: “Well you opened my eyes!” We aren’t physically blind, but emotionally/spiritually.
Emotional/Spiritual blindness has everything to do with the heart. “For this people’s heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise, they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them..” Matthew 13:15 We can become so involved with the mundane aspects of life, the tedium of troubles, soul-crushing worries that we no longer can hear God, see God or feel God’s presence. Does all that life close our eyes does to wear us down? Do we stop hearing that soft, small whispered voice of God because of the cacophony of noise from gossip, negative talk, depressing news? Or do we hear God but just ignore Him because His message is too hard to accept: that we are loved, that we have a purpose larger than the world, that we are made wonderfully?
It is clear that Saul, before he became Paul, saw no use for the Christians. They were upsetting Saul’s well-planned world. His blindness came from prejudice. His was not going to see any of the good that the Christians were doing. He was not going to acknowledge God’s power, Jesus’ sovereignty.
Like Saul, we do the same thing. Is time for us to become Paul?