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.’ 11The 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, 12and 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.’ 13But Ananias answered, ‘Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much evil he has done to your saints in Jerusalem; 14and here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who invoke your name.’ 15But 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; 16I myself will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of my name.’ 17So 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.’ 18And immediately something like scales fell from his eyes, and his sight was restored. Then he got up and was baptized, 19and after taking some food, he regained his strength.
And so, Saul, blinded was led on to Damascus, where he staid at the home of a man named Judas. And there was a disciple in Damascus named Ananias. Notice, in Acts Luke calls all those who are followers of Christ disciples, and the original disciples he now calls apostles. This disciple, Ananias, had a vision, and in the vision the Lord told him to go to the street called Straight, and there to lay hands on Saul so that he might regain his sight. Ananias wasn’t isolated – he had heard about Saul, and he knew he was on his way to arrest the Followers of the Way (as they were then called) in Damascus! But the Lord said “Go, for he is an instrument whom I have chosen — I myself will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of my name.” And so, Ananias, being a man of great courage, did as the Lord told him, and he went and found Saul, who had also had a vision that he was coming, and he laid his hands on Saul saying the Lord Jesus had sent him. And immediately, scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he could see. Then he got up and was baptized, and he was then able to eat and regained his strength.
Ananias did what the Lord asked him to do – even though it was scary. This man, Saul, had persecuted and arrested the followers. Could he really change? Do people change? Do we trust when they seem to have changed? Ananias must have had his questions, but still, he trusted in God, and did what he had been called to do. And so must we all!