Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Ananias knew well what Saul of Tarsus had been up to, dragging Christians out of their home for incarceration, torture or even stoning. When the Lord placed it in his heart to “Go [to Saul] for he is an instrument whom I have chosen to bring my name before Gentiles, Kings and the people of Israel..,” Ananias protested, “Lord, I have heard from many about this man!” In these times of global fear, uncertainty, and terror, we too have heard from many about these times. News reports, internet feeds and even local conversations proclaim all the ‘truths’, uncertainties and news flashes, much as the Christian community did about the persecution of Christians in the days of the Early Church. We hear from many all the things about these times; but do we hear what God is saying, and where he is directing us to focus our affiliation and attention? Ananias, through prayer and years of listening to God’s Word in the Holy Scriptures and prayers of Israel, recognized what God was saying to him. He had the clarity and then the courage to be directed by God to go to Saul and heal and teach the man who had been persecuting his fellow Christians. And because Ananias listened to what God was saying beyond the popular discourses of his day, God was able to do what He was saying, that He could shape Saul of Tarsus into St. Paul, the godly Apostle of Christ Jesus. Will I listen to what everyone is saying about the pandemic, or will I listen for, and live into what God is saying about this these difficult times? Holy Spirit, help me have the clarity and courage to act on what God is saying.
I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord. (Psalm 116: 2)
We tend to think of worries as our lot in life—like responsibilities we’re to handle without “bothering” God. But really our lot is to walk obediently with God and trust Him to do the heavy lifting in our life.
Soli ad gloriam
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Beverly Illauq lives in Kemptville, Ontario, where she greets each morning by seeking the Gospel Mystery of the Day - the Word of the Lord for direct and practical application to the specific challenges & joys of the day.