Do Not Delay Your Conversion
Delay not your conversion to the Lord,
put it not off from day to day.
—From today’s first Mass Reading
They say it’s important to never forget where you come from. There’s not a day…not one day– that as my feet touch the floor in the morning I don’t remember from what depths the Lord has delivered me.
St Paul was always ready to give witness– that once he was a man who
made havoc of the church,
entering every house, and dragging off men and women,
committing them to prison.
—Acts 8: 3 NKJV
Now, he was an apostle, ‘not from or through man’ ( Galatians 1: 1) but by the resurrection power and grace of Jesus Christ. I think he opens almost all of his epistles with that confirmation.
Damascus Road was never far from his memory.
Every time I visit my mom I’m reminded of mine, because it happened in what once was my bedroom as a teenage girl. If you look close enough I think you can still find tear stains on the carpet. The day of reckoning for me came after a series of traumatic events had placed the last straw upon the shoulders of a young woman who had not yet worked though the baggage of childhood. Those suitcases were heavy enough, but when I was 22, I was the victim of a violent crime that shook me and everyone around me so hard none of us thought we’d ever get up.
We came though it with the help of many law enforcement and legal professionals to whom I’m eternally grateful, but a year after it all ..I lost my dad and that was the final blow.
It took the wisdom of an extraordinary Catholic counselor whom the Lord miraculously sent my way and her invitation to know the power of Christ in my life. That was over 30 years ago, but I remember to this day how I felt when I left her office and knew my life would never be the same. It was my Damascus Road, my moment of opportunity to hear the voice of the Lord and not harden my heart.
It was in that bedroom I fell on my face and gave Christ the weight of all the sorrows I could no longer carry..including the burdens of my own sin. That was the day of my great exchange, the day he opened my prison doors and gave me;
beauty for ashes,
the oil of joy for mourning,
The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.
…instead of your shame, you shall have
—Isaiah 61: 3a, 7a
I promised the Lord that on this journey of constant conversion, whenever he called me to, I would give testimony to the hope He has given me so others may know of His mercy.
Is this the day you hear His voice calling you to conversion? Who or what have you relied on that has failed you? Have you trusted in your own strength to subdue your spiritual and physical enemies ?
God offers you today..
Don’t postpone it another minute.