"So Ananias went and found Saul. He laid his hands on him and said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road, has sent me so that you might regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 9:17 NLT) So Ananias went! Have you thought what it took for Ananias to take this step of faith. Saul is identified as the primary persecutor of the new Church. Those who knew and were following Jesus had gone into hiding. The guy they were hiding from was Saul. So Ananias, after verifying Jesus knew who Saul was, went.
There's no way Ananias could have known Saul would become Paul, the powerful preacher, the writer of more than half of the New Testament, the leader of the movement to take the Good News of Jesus Christ to the nations. All Ananias knew was the Lord Jesus was asking him to take a step of faith. A huge step. A scary step. However, the faithfulness of Ananias unleashed one of the greatest writers, preachers, followers of Christ that our Church has ever known.
While I know the truth of Isaiah 55:8-9, that God's ways, thoughts and plans are higher than mine, I need to be reminded to just take the next step. I'm learning, in trying to figure out the most efficient way to help our friends in Haiti, that obedience means just doing the next thing the Lord has placed in front of me. It's not my responsibility to figure out every detail of how several ministries might work together. It is my responsibility to obediently do the next obvious thing the Lord has placed in front of me. Maybe in our efforts to feed and love kids in Haiti, the Lord will change the life of the next Paul for that struggling nation. The truth is, I have no idea how the details will come together. I only know that The Lion is on the move and my part is the next step He is placing in front of me.
How about you? Have you, like we so often do, become so overwhelmed with the details of a big Kingdom dream that you're not sure what's next? Let me encourage you to just take the next step. Make the dinner, walk across the street, invite the friend to take a walk with you, pick up their paper and carry it to the door or put your chair next to the crazy couple at the soccer game; invest in the lives of those Jesus has guided you to today. Who knows what the Lord may do? Let's just be willing to take the next step...then, they can say of us - so they went!