For those in political life, Washington D.C. represents the apex of power. Some come to it with a well-planned strategy, connections, and all too often, ruthlessness. Chuck Colson, the founder of Prison Fellowship, was one such individual. However, God had His own plan. A redemptive one.
Like Saul, Colson’s cause was misguided and served his own ends. Watergate changed all that, and he entered prison a different man. God’s reach wasn’t obstructed by prison bars, either. He sent others inside the walls to reclaim an unworthy candidate to serve another cause, one he could personally relate to.
In the intervening years Prison Fellowship, with its vital army of volunteers, has become an international force to turn “hearts of stone into hearts of flesh.” Offenders and their forgotten families have been given another chance at a different ending to their stories. When we lay down our plans and accept His, transformation happens.
What if Ananias had refused? He knew the chance he was taking, and why should he? Saul was a murderous zealot! But in the end, God’s plans became Ananias’ plans, and Saul’s eyes were opened.
Today’s Scripture: Acts 9 1-18
Application for Life: God’s sovereign plans come with preparation and power.