The passage below follows Saul’s encounter with Jesus on the road to Damascus. After being told by Jesus to get up and go on to Damascus and await further instructions, Saul obeyed the Lord.
“10 Now there was a disciple in Damascus named Ananias. The Lord said to him in a vision, “Ananias.” He answered, “Here I am, Lord.” 11 The Lord said to him, “Get up and go to the street called Straight, and at the house of Judas look for a man of Tarsus named Saul. At this moment he is praying, 12 and he has seen in a vision a man named Ananias come in and lay his hands on him so that he might regain his sight.” 13 But Ananias answered, “Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much evil he has done to your saints in Jerusalem; 14 and here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who invoke your name.” 15 But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is an instrument whom I have chosen to bring my name before Gentiles and kings and before the people of Israel; 16 I myself will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of my name.” 17 So Ananias went and entered the house. He laid his hands on Saul and said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on your way here, has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” 18 And immediately something like scales fell from his eyes, and his sight was restored. Then he got up and was baptized, 19 and after taking some food, he regained his strength.” NRSV
I can’t help but wonder what would have happened if Mary had said “no” to the angel. Or Saul would have said, “thanks, but no thanks” to Jesus. Or Ananias would have said “no, I will have nothing to do with the man (Saul) who supervised the stoning of Stephen” to the Lord?
What risks do we run when we choose to say “no” to the opportunities to serve and glorify God that God sets before us? Every “yes” to God is an opportunity to bend the trajectory of the world more toward God.
Be a blessing to someone today!