Road Trip: U-Turn
“Now as Saul was going along and approaching Damascus, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, ‘Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?’” Acts 9:3-4
This past week, I was driving to meet a friend. We were meeting at a location I had not been to before so I had plugged the address into my GPS. However, I was unaware that my GPS had lost its signal and had no idea where I was located or where I was going. I soon grew suspicious when I received no direction for a good amount of time. Once I became aware of the problem, I had to pull the car over and restart the GPS. Once it restarted, I discovered that I was 2 miles in the wrong direction. So, I had to turn around. But, I was confident I was now heading in the right direction.
In our scripture for today, we hear of Paul’s conversion. Paul, formerly known as Saul, was heading in the wrong direction. He thought he was doing the right thing by arresting and persecuting Christians. But, on the road to Damascus, Paul realized his life was heading in the wrong direction. Thanks to God’s grace, Paul is offered a second chance to make a U-turn and change the trajectory of his life. Paul would go on to plant Christian churches across the world and his letters still serve as important teachings for the Christian life and faith.
Sometimes, we need to stop and assess the direction we are heading. We may be off track in the way we are living, acting, or treating others. In such moments, we should accept the grace God gives us to make a change and turn things around. And we should lean on others to help us find the right path forward. There’s no shame in turning around. God desires for us to keep moving in the right direction! May we trust in the path God has laid before us.