Saul picked himself up off the ground, but when he opened his eyes he was blind. So his companions led him by the hand to Damascus. He remained there blind for three days and did not eat or drink. Acts 9:8-9 (NLT)
I had a moment of synchronicity yesterday as I sat in the back of the church during worship. The music was playing just before the morning message and I thought to myself that I’d read the chapter for today just to let it speak to me and percolate before I had to write this post. I opened to Acts 9. At that moment, the preacher stood and told everyone to open their Bibles to Acts 9. I looked up at the stage, then back down to the page. I was already there. It was a bit surreal.
The preacher called the disorienting event in Saul’s life a “Depends Moment.” Life goes along as expected. We are oriented and calibrated. Life is chugging along nicely and we are in a groove of living, thinking, and believing. Then comes a disorienting event that makes us pee our pants (hand me the Depends). Like Paul on the road to Damascus we are left blind. Everything we’ve thought, known, and believed becomes dark.
After the disorienting event – over the days, weeks and years to come, Paul’s life was reoriented. From detractor to believer, instead of being a persecutor of Jesus’ followers, he became arguably their greatest convert and leader.
Orientation, disorientation, reorientation.
My “Depends Moment” came seven years ago next Sunday when the divorce decree was filed. Seemingly all that I’d become oriented to think, live and believe over 40 years came crashing down around me. Disorientation followed and reorientation began.
The preacher reminded us yesterday to thank God for “Depends Moments.” They are the vehicle God uses to break us down so that He can take us through the process of reorientation for the next stage of our journey. Today, I’m thinking back to 40 years of orientation, to a period of blinding disorientation, and to the past seven years of reorientation.
I don’t know exactly where it leads anymore than Paul knew what was happening as he sat blindly on Straight Street in Damascus. But, I’m excited to find out for what God has been reorienting me.