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  • Writer's pictureAllison Wilcox

Epiphanies: Damascus Moments

Meanwhile Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any who belonged to the Way, men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. Now as he was going along and approaching Damascus, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?” He asked, “Who are you, Lord?” The reply came, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. But get up and enter the city, and you will be told what you are to do.” The men who were traveling with him stood speechless because they heard the voice but saw no one. Saul got up from the ground, and though his eyes were open, he could see nothing; so they led him by the hand and brought him into Damascus. For three days he was without sight and neither ate nor drank. ~ Acts 9:1-9

I've heard some Christians say (and honestly, I've said myself) that they wish they had a Damascus moment: an overwhelming encounter with God that left you in no doubt of God's call.

A wish for some huge, big meeting with God that proved to you God was with you.

We sometimes have the feeling that our small epiphanies or our ordinary moments of faith aren't enough; that we are missing out by God not appearing to us in some dramatic way.

Or that if we just had that dramatic encounter, all our doubts and worries would fade away.

Or that if we did, we would have the faith of Paul.

If I'm honest now, I'm not sure I'd want such a dramatic (and frankly, kind of scary sounding) meeting with the divine.

I also think that while it is more difficult to have an epiphany about God in the ordinary, it just might be more rewarding.

Because it is the ordinary that we encounter God each day. Every day. Not just in one dramatic moment.

To find God each day in the elements of our lives - and through the ordinary people in our lives - can make our relationship with God more grounded, more fulfilling, and even more real.

God open my eyes to where you are today in each encounter I have. Amen

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