Saul stayed with the disciples in Damascus for several days. Right away, he began to preach about Jesus in the synagogues. “He is God’s Son,” he declared. Everyone who heard him was baffled. They questioned each other, “Isn’t he the one who was wreaking havoc among those in Jerusalem who called on this name? Hadn’t he come here to take those same people as prisoners to the chief priests?” But Saul grew stronger and stronger. He confused the Jews who lived in Damascus by proving that Jesus is the Christ. After this had gone on for some time, the Jews hatched a plot to kill Saul. However, he found out about their scheme. They were keeping watch at the city gates around the clock so they could assassinate him. But his disciples took him by night and lowered him in a basket through an opening in the city wall. (Acts 9:19b-25, CEB)
We always think we know people. Everyone in Damascus knew Saul, and how he was against Jesus.
They, like us, have a hard time when people do not live up to their past. We want them to be like we know them. We are not prepared for things to be out of our control.
But here is the truth. Nothing is in your control, except you being open to God.
So are you open? Are you able to let go and follow God, knowing you won’t like everything that happens, but trusting that God’s way is so much better than your ways?
Go. Loving out loud.
Loving People. Loving God.