“As he journeyed he came near Damascus, and suddenly a light shone around him from heaven.” —Acts 9:3 (NKJV)
There are two powerful reminders in this verse: “As he journeyed” and “suddenly”. Isn’t that the way of it? We’re on a journey. Walking along, and suddenly — we’re thrown off course.
Today’s the three year anniversary of my Dad’s peaceful goodbye into heaven. It was a day where our journey was suddenly and irreversibly changed. WE were changed. And this verse is one of my favorites because of it. We see in Paul’s life what we so often experience in our own… We’re traveling along and suddenly, the wind is knocked out of us. We may be humbled and hurt. Grieving. Lost. Our journey is changed by the unexpected.
There’s another reminder in this verse, right there at the end. And it’s a remarkable bit of truth for every journey we have. When the “suddenlys” happen, heaven is aware of it. Heaven is watching. Caring. Involved and yes, right there in the midst of it. I love that. At Paul’s weakest moment, the King of heaven was there. He changed the man by changing the course of the journey.
It’s not a day for sadness. I pray we relive happy memories. I pray the suddenly we experienced three years ago would still remind me that heaven was there, watching, caring, involved and yes, there in the midst of holy moments. Thank you, Lord, for the journeys that begin and end with You.