Do you ever wonder if you count in the grand scheme of things?
You may think you are a mere speck in the great work of the world. We might say to ourselves: “No one will remember me after I am gone.”
In the Divine view of human activity, you do matter and you are noticed. In the story of the early church we read about the conversion of St. Paul. In this story is another story is another story: the story of a fearful, obedient follower of Jesus. God visits Ananias and tells him to go to a particular house on a certain street in Damascus where he will be used of God to bring faith to one of the most violent persecutors of the church. Ananias briefly argues with God, then, goes and carries out God’s mission.
Interestingly, we never hear of Ananias again except when St. Paul recounts his conversion to the taunting crowds. Most Christians to this day hardly know the name of this man. The church remembers St. Paul and his letters to the church, recognizing him as the evangelist who brought the Gospel to Europe.
Today, January 25, is the Feast Day of the Conversion of St. Paul in the Roman Catholic Church. Ananias might be mentioned. Regardless, in God’s book, Ananias’ name is recorded.
Ronald Friesen © 2015