Our Unique Experiences

6 “About noon as I came near Damascus, suddenly a bright light from heaven flashed around me. 7 I fell to the ground and heard a voice say to me, ‘Saul! Saul! Why do you persecute me?’

8 “‘Who are you, Lord?’ I asked.

“‘I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom you are persecuting,’ he replied. 9 My companions saw the light, but they did not understand the voice of him who was speaking to me.

10 “‘What shall I do, Lord?’ I asked.

“‘Get up,’ the Lord said, ‘and go into Damascus. There you will be told all that you have been assigned to do.’ 11 My companions led me by the hand into Damascus, because the brilliance of the light had blinded me.

12 “A man named Ananias came to see me. He was a devout observer of the law and highly respected by all the Jews living there. 13 He stood beside me and said, ‘Brother Saul, receive your sight!’ And at that very moment I was able to see him.

14 “Then he said: ‘The God of our ancestors has chosen you to know his will and to see the Righteous One and to hear words from his mouth. 15 You will be his witness to all people of what you have seen and heard. 16 And now what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptized and wash your sins away, calling on his name.’ Acts 22:6-16

Paul recounted the “meat” of his conversion experience. This is the part that is personal to each of us. Not everyone has such an experience as Paul did. In fact, each of our experiences are quite different. No one can refute this experience. They can question what we believe but not the experience.

Similarly, all of our life experiences are unique to us. How God works and moves in your life is unique to you. People may call what happens coincidences or “just the way life works sometimes,” while you may see the hand of God. Not everyone will understand that, and that’s okay.

Sometimes, God does things so that you and I may just stop and say, “What a wonderful, almighty God we serve.”

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