Sometimes It Takes A Shocking Event

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But rise and enter the city, and you will be told what you are to do.” The men who were traveling with him stood speechless, hearing the voice but seeing no one. Saul rose from the ground, and although his eyes were opened, he saw nothing. So they led him by the hand and brought him into Damascus. And for three days he was without sight, and neither ate nor drank. — Acts 9:6-9

Once in a while in our life, we will encounter a moment similar to this. A moment we are confronted by some catastrophic physical event that will change our spiritual perspective forever. And these moments are memorable because the audible and visual experiences are undeniably divine. They will, without a doubt, rattle us to the core. And as a result, we listen more attentively, reason more thoughtfully, and sense more empathetically.

But it's especially ironic that Jesus temporarily removes Saul's sight to get him to see from a different perspective. Mostly because Saul was blinded by his biases so much that he could not see the truth. And once he does see the Truth himself (Jesus) on the road to Damascus, he is now blinded physically. This is literally a laughable moment. It makes me wonder if the Holy Trinity had a discussion in heaven about how funny this would be.

But let's be honest, most of the time, when these events happen to us, they are not funny. They are anything but funny. They are awful, life-altering, painful, shocking, and deeply emotional — but never funny. And thus, when we live in the midst of these moments, we often have to let someone else lead and take us by the hand and guide us while we spend time in reflection, processing the divine nature of what's just happened that's changed us forever.

Have you had one of these moments in your life?

If so, take a moment to share that event below. These moments are testimonies to God's divine work in our life. We should share them so others can hear of how God is still working in the lives of ordinary men like you and me.

ASK THIS: What's a shocking event that God used to help you see with a new perspective?

DO THIS: Share this below or with someone today.

PRAY THIS: God, I pray that my blindness will end each day, and you will give me new sight for you and things of your kingdom.

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20 thoughts on “Sometimes It Takes A Shocking Event

  1. Steven Tong says:

    My Damascus experience was last year August 2020 when I fully surrender my life to the LORD. I have been a born-again Christian for about 40 years but that day experience after reading the article “Absolute Surrender by Andrew Murray’, transformed my life and my marriage completely. I would encourage everyone to read this article which is free online my google. Since then I have been on fire for the LORD, involved in the Men and Prayer Ministres. Pray that GOD will keep the fire and the passion for HIM in me – Amen.

  2. Cory B says:

    I had a come to Jesus moment several years ago. Unfortunately, I didn’t realize the magnitude of that moment and had very little gratitude until recently. I was at my rock bottom and asked God to get me through the day and I would never drink again. By the grace of God, I haven’t had a drink since and the desire has essentially been nonexistent.

  3. Jeff Falley says:

    I remember late spring early summer 2019 I landed in the hospital and nearly died, but the good Lord said he was not done with me yet. Some people at the church call me the miracle man because of the amazing recovery I have made and I continue to get better each day. Hod had to put the obstacle in my way to slow me down physically. But I realize it is all been for his glory.

  4. Chris says:

    I just found out after months of agony with my business partner that he won’t except my buyout but is rather now a roadblock from me moving on with my t.v. show. I asked my pastor if this was God teaching me a lesson or punishing me. He asked me if I prayed when I was interviewing this guy, to God for advice on whether or not to hire him and I said no. I never asked or prayed to God about this guy. He said well there is your answer. I kick/hate myself for not including God in on not only that dream he put into my heart but asking him for the right path in which to go. I am now suffering great heartache but trust that the Lord has something better than I imagined.

  5. Stella Arnold-Macres says:

    I and my husband are living in Henderson Nevada and currently attend Calvary Chapel Las Vegas. We have attended about 14 years. We have a home group in our home to dig into the Bible from our Sunday morning sermon. Currently we are praying about a move to Orem; utah. I felt lead to reach out to ask you and the church to add us to your prayers for God’s will be done. We already have a house in our family that is ready for move in. We need to make sure this is God’s will in our life, we have been praying for doors to open to move out of Vegas. It would bring us closer to our family, our hang up is medical insurance and not being prepared for being jobless for a long period, The home we would be going to is one our daughter and son-in-law bought as an investment, It is a win win situation, but only if this is God’s plan. My husband Steven was a victim of an assault in 2014, he was hit on the head with a sledgehammer, and it definitely was a quick change in our life with trials and tribulations that we had to overcome, it was an experience that put both of us on our knees. We are still learning and growing in our walk with Christ, I have had a vision of God using us to help other couples that are struggling in their relationship. I did not plan to share all of this. But I was lead to do so by the spirit of God. The main purpose was to request to be be put on your prayer list.

    God Bless.

  6. Eddie Ackerman says:

    a few years ago, before I rededicated my life to Christ, my wife was in a mood to be a wife to this husband until she saw me taking care of that need to pornography, that was a real turning point where I had to rethink how I was doing life. since then, I have had her put the password on the antivirus software and NOT tell me what it is, sort of as a last minute, hey, you can’t go to this site anymore kind of thing, or a guardrail on a steep mountain pass of life. I have also participated in a believers baptism since this time and volunteer regularly at my home church and tithe and have read through the bible MULTIPLE times, currently doing a few different read through the bible in one year devotionals that all go about it differently.

  7. Dave says:

    Over 20 years ago my wife confessed to me she was having an affair. Had the sickest feeling I have ever experienced! My life was turned upside down!!
    Long story short thanks to a a good friend that was a believer stepping in, my wife and I came to know Jesus and are happily married 35 years!! Thanks to Jesus in our life we know what true love looks like and are closer than the day we were married!!
    Gods is so good!!
    The heart of a man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps. Proverbs 16:9

  8. Scott Kelley says:

    My cardiologist said I’m 1 in about 400 people with superpowers in my liver to manufacture more cholesterol than I’ll ever need, no matter what I eat or how much I exercise. That resulted in open heart surgery with a 4-way bypass. The Lord saved me from a chest-gripping damaging attack and instead gave me 2 warning shots across the bow that still allows me to be fairly active and pursue what He wants me to do.

    But in cardiac rehab I saw the poor folks who did suffer permanent damage to their hearts. Part of their heart died leaving a tremendous burden for the rest of the heart, not to mention disrupting electrical signals. In many cases, these folks cannot go on any hikes and other strenuous activities without their heart speeding up out of control. They have to exercise every day, but it can also result in them facing death every day.

  9. Tom Stroup says:

    Falling To My Death

    If you were in mid-air,
    falling backwards to certain death,
    what would be your last thoughts?

    Two years prior the lake was at a record high and the jagged rock bottom shoreline was about three feet underwater, but not this year. As I stepped backward and instantly realized that I had stepped off the almost 20-foot high cliff all I could think about was how “helpless” and “not in control” I was. I was falling to my death or certain serious bodily injury, and there was nothing I could do to stop it.
    As a S.W.A.T team Commander, I have been in literally thousands of “high risk” potentially deadly situations. I have participated in almost 3,000 S.W.A.T. missions. Everything from a barricaded gunman, armed hostage-takers, in-progress bank robberies, murderers, live-fire shootouts, sniper attacks, active shooter gun battles, and the list goes on. Sometimes we were able to stop the violence and sometimes we were not. There is nothing more helpless than knowing that you could have stopped a “fatal result” and not being able to do it.
    In almost every case, the actions of the “suspect” are unpredictable, but the actions of our S.W.A.T. team were not. It is our job to be prepared. Without trying to sound prideful I always felt like I had some control of most situations, I always felt like I had a “game-plan.” I spent 28 years “preparing” for every scenario, but this time it was different.
    I was on our S.W.A.T. team for almost 28 years and I can tell you we practiced and trained for almost every possible scenario. We jumped out of helicopters in full gear into the ocean just to make sure we could survive. We spent thousands of hours in the hot sun, the rain, the cold, and every conceivable condition just to be ready when it came time to respond. We trained in explosives, tear gas, rappelling, hand-to-hand combat, and literally, thousands of hours rehearsing building entry and search techniques. We trained for every possible scenario so that when the mission occurred, we had a game plan. After all of those years of high-level training, I should be ready for anything. I was not ready for this.
    After spending most of my life in violent armed confrontations, and never being hurt, am I now going to die falling off of a cliff while on vacation?
    As I am falling backward off of this cliff, I immediately realized that I did not have a game plan. I am just falling, and I don’t know what is going to happen next. I could only think of one thing, I did not want to land on my back. I desperately wanted to “see where I was going.” All of my life I have always wanted to see where I was going and now I am falling backward and I have no plan. I have no control and I cannot see where I am going.
    Are you the kind of person who thinks that you have everything under control and that you have a game plan for every scenario? I pray that you will never fall off a cliff backward, but has there ever been a time in your life where something happened and you “felt like” you were falling off a cliff backward and there was nothing you could do about it? Please keep reading because even when your life seems out of control there is something you can do about it. When we fall, God has a plan. How we look at our situation will determine the outcome.

    Psalm 37:23-34
    The steps of a man are established by the Lord,.…
    When he falls, he will not be hurled down…

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  10. Doug Mathison says:

    God chose to eliminate my job of 20 years in April of 2020 (as Covid was ramping up), this was earth shattering to my wife & I. He has been so faithful, gracious & compassionate as we continue to process this transition. He has provided in miraculous ways & has blessed our family food business in amazing ways. We continue to submit to Him daily & realize it’s all His.
    To God be the glory , great things He hath done !

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  11. Dennis says:

    Dealing with CPTSD I experience anxiety many times in my life. Although not as frequent as it use to be, it still happens. During these times, one feels helpless and sort of like the world is closing in around them… BUT GOD. Psalms 12:1 I will lift my eyes to the hills for whence comes my help. My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth.

  12. Corey says:

    Going before the Lord at the altar every church Sunday was a commitment I made a couple years ago. This was to honor Christ in worship and stand in the gap for all those I was praying for each week. A month ago during worship it was so wonderful, Jesus showed himself to me visually as he was levitating above the altar with His arms and hands out waiving me up to Him, I didn’t go, why? I have no idea, it was the weirdest thing.

    A week later my grandfather went to heaven. It was an amazing experience yet it left me heartbroken. I had never been heartbroken before! In the days following I was lonely, very lonely. My wife was the only one in our family that seemed to be feeling somewhat like I was yet not to the degree! I was praying and worshiping and pressing in many different moments every day yet I couldn’t feel God or see Him. It was like He left me though I knew he didn’t and never for one moment did I believe the lie that He did. After about a week and a half, my prayer was “God for how long?” It wasn’t but days later that I began to feel the healing that was taking place all along. He showed me that I was allowed to experience that season, though short, so that I could genuinely relate to others in that same season who don’t know Jesus as their personal savior!

    Last week I had a bad couple days. I had, had enough? Anger that I thought was gone for years welled up. Things were going wrong, I had no time to myself to reset from work and family and I was burned out. I became very angry. Last Sunday during worship at church I gave it all to God, I was done with it. IT had been a couple days too long! Then after the message during worship Jesus appeared to me over the altar again just as I was getting ready to go forward and pray. Immediately out of nowhere a brother in the Lord came to me and asked if we could go up tougher and he would pray for me. He didn’t know exactly what to pray but it spot was on and he had no idea what I had gone through those couple days prior.

    This is what God showed me. Though I am always looking to pray for and bless others, He wanted to show me that he wants to bless me through others too and that the leading of the Holy Ghost is so very real, which I know, I just was so surprised for some reason  that God cared so much to meet me at that moment! He is so good!

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  13. Rusty says:

    2015 30 years of marriage almost wiped out because pornography and an affair. God used that to rattle me. I listened. My marriage is better now than ever. 2019 February Stage 4 lung cancer God used this to get me to trust him and follow my dreams. I am now doing what he called me to do. These 2 events have shaped my life and drawn me closer to God and more reliant on him instead of me!

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  14. Jack Dellinger says:

    As a child a number of things happened to me that gave me a diminished view of myself. Even though I never felt fully accepted I found a few ways that I could gain acceptance. My perception was that hard work and accomplishment lead to acceptance. When I accepted Christ as Savior, I accepted forgiveness, but not acceptance or healing of my childhood wounds. So my Christian philosophy was that to be accepted I had to work hard. So that is what I did. It was later in life when I was stuck down with a face to face meeting with Jesus where He showed me the error of my belief system and the roots of my beliefs. While that encounter led to some immediate changes, six years later I am still perfecting my walk with Him, but now not based on working harder but learning more about Him. Allowing Him to guide me rather than trying to guess at what will get me accepted and working hard to make things that really don’t matter happen.

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  15. Bobby says:

    The night I came to Christ was at a Good Friday concert in Atlanta. There was an altar call and the pastor said “This isn’t metaphorical, come down, we’ve got plenty of space.” I just sat there praying and said “Jesus you know I’m not bold enough to go on my own, if you see me, please have my [my daughter] ask me to go up there with her.” As soon as I was done, she turned to me and asked if we could go up together. So thankful for a mighty God that sees us as individuals and for my daughters faith and boldness to chase after God even before I was.

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  16. Tom Juergens says:

    The diagnosis and subsequent death of my wife of 46 years all within one months time. A stark reminder that we all have a limited time to make a significant impact on building God’s Kingdom here on earth.

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  17. Mark says:

    Several weeks ago I was in a real “funk”, I wasn’t feeling right with God, it seemed as though there wasn’t much direction going on in my daily quiet time and almost felt like depression and I couldn’t figure it out. I shared that with my spiritual brother – someone who is in my daily life as a prayer partner and best friend and he was in the same spot. When he said that it was as if God was standing in front of me. I literally heard his voice say, it’s not yours to figure out – trust me, I got this. I remember sitting here in awe of his presence and the message he gave me in that moment. I was immediately reminded of the verse, ” Be anxious for nothing but in every situation by prayer and thanksgiving, present yourself to God. And the peace of God which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” Phillipians 4:6-7. Since that day my mantra has been, God’s got this – I’m just on the journey. And I’m grateful for that brother who shares the same walk with me.

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    • Brad Akers says:

      11 years ago I went through a divorce. It devastated me at the time. I didn’t have a relationship with Christ at that point, it was through that rough time that I found Jesus and met my new Godly wife. Since then I have learned so much about Jesus and myself. God is Good, All the time

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