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Acts 9:10-12 Now there was a disciple in Damascus named Ananias. The Lord said to him in a vision, “Ananias.” He answered, “Here I am, Lord.” 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, and he has seen in a vision a man named Ananias come in and lay his hands on him so he might regain his sight.”
We recently learned of a striking experience on the islands of the Inland Sea near Japan. A sailor approached a priest and asked him to call upon a friend in deep spiritual need.
The missionary, tired out after a hard day’s work, turned to a recent convert and said, “I am dreadfully tired. Won’t you go and take him a Bible?” The friend replied, “No, teacher. It is not time to take that man a Bible. That book is yours, and now, thank God, it is mine also, but it is not time to take that man a Bible. Teacher, that man is reading you yet awhile. As Christ lives in you, so he lives in that man, and as he fails in you, he fails in that man.”
The missionary could not sleep that night. Before daybreak, he set out to see the man. Let us be silent for a space and listen for that still small voice.
MOVING FORWARD: Who is reading you? Who is calling out to you with a spiritual need?
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