E-votional  I'd like to but. . .
April 20, 2001
"But Ananias answered, "Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much evil he has done to Your saints in Jerusalem;"
-Acts 9:13 (NRSV)


Ananias is a funny sort.  There he was, going about his business when he heard and encounters Jesus in a vision.  Surprised, yet probably excited, he replies, "Here I am, Lord!"  Like Samuel and the many others before him, he sought t be obedient.  Ananias wants to be faithful and responsive, only what follows makes him second guess exactly what he had gotten into.  Ananias say here I am, followed by, "are You sure?"  Sounds kinda funny.  Sounds kinda like us.
Hear the Good News, as we seek an experience with Christ, we may or may not have visions as to what the encounter will be like, but rest assured that the experience will never be more than you can handle.  More often than not when God calls you, He wants you, not the next person, He needs you.  Listen and be ready, for God may be calling you today, maybe God's call has been on your life for quite some time, but hesitation seems more comfortable for you.  Answer God's call and help change the world.  Ananias, said ok, and in fact is quite responsible for great change.  "Brother Saul," he said, the Lord Jesus . . . has sent me . . . that you might be filled with the Holy Spirit."  Yes, I would say quite responsible for change in the world.
Oh Father, I say I want to see You, to hear You and to respond to You, yet at times I second guess myself, I second guess You.  Fill me with the confidence necessary to reach others in Your name.  Big or little, use me, use me to make a difference in Your name.  Thank You Father, for all You have done in my life and all You will continue to do.  Amen.