“I was blinded by the intense light and had to be led by the hand to Damascus by my companions.” Acts 12:11
This event in Saul/Paul’s life was so monumental and it fascinates me. Right now the part that fascinates me the most is the blindness that came as a result of finally seeing The Light. Why did it blind him rather than cause him to see better? I mean, I understand the physical realm ramifications of looking directly into the Sun are that you are blinded by the light. And perhaps the spiritual ramifications of looking directly at the Son are being blinded by The Light. But while Jesus was doing His ministry, people weren’t blinded from looking upon His face; they were healed of their blindness.
This topic fascinates me even further since I wrote about it last week in A Chosen Instrument. A day or two later one of my sons friends was over playing Nerf Darts with him and accidentally hit me in the corner of my eye with a dart from across the room. He felt horrible. But in that very moment I knew that it was something very important and connected spiritually somehow. I sat with my hand over my eye for quite some time. And when I took my hand away and tried to open my eye again I had a blind spot in my eye! A blind spot that is still there, at the top of my vision like a blinder covering my eyes. I’m still trying to find out if that’s a good thing or not spiritually. Physically it’s just annoying and concerning to me. (So I would appreciate your prayers for my eye to be completely healed in Jesus’ name.)
I would LOVE to hear your insights on the spiritual meanings you’ve found in Saul/Paul’s blindness and how you feel it has meaning in these scriptures. It CERTAINLY was a turning point in his life.
*Get this! I just went back to find the post I linked to at the top of the page here, and read the prayer aloud to Sean while he was making his breakfast and when I said, “In Jesus’ name, Amen” He said that the “de-scale” light on the coffee maker just came on!!!!! LOL!!!!! God is so hilarious!!!! And AWESOME!