Summary: This week we are “in the waiting room” with Paul. He has had a catastrophic, cataclysmic life-changing event—most of us know the story. He was a murderous fanatic, intent on keeping his religion pure from all others who would muddy it up or pervert it. And then God . . . some people might try to explain it all away by saying that perhaps Saul/Paul had suffered a physical or mental breakdown. Or was struck by lightning. Or had a stroke that left him blind. For 3 days. He had a psychological crisis brought on to his overly-religious personality. How would YOU answer those suggestions? What would YOU say?
It seems as if a lot of our life has been spent “in a waiting room,” doesn’t it? If so, what might be the best way to spend that time? Or how to understand the waiting? Join us this coming Sunday morning online or in person (carefully!) to think about how God used and continues to use this remarkable man.
Are YOU in a waiting room? What does that room look and feel like? Chances are, it is tough. It might be painful and filled with uncertainty. But good things happen in the waiting room if we recognize that God is also there with us. Worlds change. Hearts are made new. Lives are reborn.
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- Paul led a dramatic life with a dramatic conversion. Right now, read Galatians 1:13-16 (in The Message if possible). Most of us do not have that kind of a story to share—but take a minute to remember how God called you to be a part of God’s family. Think about the signposts along the way; we Wesleyans call them signs of prevenient grace (the grace that “comes before” that draws us closer and closer to God). Share with someone close to you how you became aware that God loves you and wants to be in your life:
- After Paul’s conversion, he went to Arabia. This is an actual place, of course (although not the modern country of Arabia, but rather the Eastern side of the Jordan), but it is also symbolic, because he was there for three years, and we assume he was soaking up God, learning more about ministry and how to be the man God designed him to be. What can be your symbolic “Arabia?” The place where you go in order to shut out all the noise and engagements and “shoulds” in your daily routine? How will you make a solid plan to implement your “Arabia” into the busyness of your life?
- In what area of your life have you seen the most change since you committed your life to Christ (priorities, relationships, attitudes, devotional life, habits and lifestyle, beliefs, goals, values, other)?
- What changes do you feel God is calling you to make in your life now? Create a timeline and a plan to create the necessary space for listening and responding to God. Blessings!