Saturday, October 10, 2009

"Anticipating More"

Today’s reading: Acts 9: 7 – 9 7 The men traveling with Saul stood there speechless; they heard the sound but did not see anyone. 8Saul got up from the ground, but when he opened his eyes he could see nothing. So they led him by the hand into Damascus. 9For three days he was blind, and did not eat or drink anything.

We know in yesterday’s scripture reading that Saul had an encounter with Jesus because they spoke to one another. In these verses the men only heard they did not see what was seen by Saul, but it is safe to say they saw (witnessed) what happened to Saul as they led him on into Damascus. Verse 17 which we haven’t read yet, confirms that not only did Saul speak with Jesus, he saw Jesus as He appeared to him.

Phil and I have two dogs, both boxers that we adopted through a rescue organization. I love them both, they have a way of getting really close to you, love on you, shake that hind end of theirs, perk up their ears and you just know they depend on you for everything in their life. That is a great relationship and a great friendship to have.

Jesus has great relationships and friendships also. He gets just close enough to you, whispers He loves you, tells you He died for you, shakes with delight when you speak to Him, perks up His ears when you pray to him and you just know He depends on you to accept the love He has for you.

We have the opportunity to see Jesus in the scriptures. We also see Him in the love of others, in their actions and in their spirit. We must get up off the couch to see Jesus, if we aren’t getting up earlier on Sunday for worship, perhaps we should.

Relationships take work; each must give 100% to the relationship for it to flourish. We just can’t have a great relationship with only part time investment. Saul, a non-believer in Jesus as the messiah, was serving God as a Pharisee in the only may he knew how. His friends were now assisting him down the road towards a relationship that will forever direct the Christian faith.

Anticipating more!

Dorothy Drago Brucks
Aldersgate UMC
Nixa, MO.

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