Faith Column: “Where he leads, I will follow”
“All this time Saul was breathing down the necks of the Master’s disciples, out for the kill. He went to the Chief Priest and got arrest warrants to take to the meeting places in Damascus so that if he found anyone there belonging to the Way, whether men or women, he could arrest them and bring them to Jerusalem. He set off. When he got to the outskirts of Damascus, he was suddenly dazed by a blinding flash of light. As he fell to the ground, he heard a voice: “Saul, Saul, why are you out to get me?” He said, “Who are you, Master?” “I am Jesus, the One you’re hunting down. I want you to get up and enter the city. In the city you’ll be told what to do next.” His companions stood there dumbstruck—they could hear the sound, but couldn’t see anyone—while Saul, picking himself up off the ground, found himself stone-blind. They had to take him by the hand and lead him into Damascus. He continued blind for three days. He ate nothing, drank nothing. There was a disciple in Damascus by the name of Ananias. The Master spoke to him in a vision: “Ananias.” “Yes, Master?” he answered. “Get up and go over to Straight Avenue. Ask at the house of Judas for a man from Tarsus. His name is Saul. He’s there praying. He has just had a dream in which he saw a man named Ananias enter the house and lay hands on him so he could see again.” Ananias protested, “Master, you can’t be serious. Everybody’s talking about this man and the terrible things he’s been doing, his reign of terror against your people in Jerusalem! And now he’s shown up here with papers from the Chief Priest that give him license to do the same to us.” But the Master said, “Don’t argue. Go! I have picked him as my personal representative to non-Jews and kings and Jews. And now I’m about to show him what he’s in for — the hard suffering that goes with this job.” So Ananias went and found the house, placed his hands on blind Saul, and said, “Brother Saul, the Master sent me, the same Jesus you saw on your way here. He sent me so you could see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” No sooner were the words out of his mouth than something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes — he could see again! He got to his feet, was baptized, and sat down with them to a hearty meal.”
— Acts 9:1-19 (The Message)
Have you ever witnessed a blind person following Jesus? It is both an amazing and rewarding experience. Recently, I observed a blind man being led into the church and later being led to play the piano for the choir. It was an awesome experience listening to the music and hearing the choir sing. My heart rejoiced with great gladness during this worshipping experience. So was the change that we observed in this text of a man that was hunting down God’s people.
Here we observed that Paul had to trust his companions to lead him to the right place because he could not find his way. He was blind for three days, he ate nothing nor did he drink anything. Paul found himself on an instant fast. Then he could hear the Master speak and follow His voice. To follow the Lord Jesus Christ, we must experience a change in our heart that we can hear His voice. There is a song called “Where He Leads Me I Will Follow”:
…I can hear my Savior calling,
“Take thy cross and follow, follow me”
Where He leads me I will follow —
I’ll go with Him, with Him all the way.
Throughout the day as you walk or travel, listen to hear the Savior calling you to follow Him. We hear so many voices today in the media, school, work, and church, on the highways and byways, but we must be very sure that they are leading us where the Lord is calling us to go.
This column is the opinion of Rev. Gracie Jackson of Grace Community AME Mission in Eagle River.