Maybe it’s a reading about two Sauls. Old Testament Saul was looking for lost donkeys. Instead, he finds a seer who singles him out as the man who will lead. That Saul didn’t expect it.
21 Saul replied, “But I’m only from the tribe of Benjamin, the smallest tribe in Israel, and my family is the least important of all the families of that tribe! Why are you talking like this to me?” 1 Samuel 9:21, NLT.
New Testament Saul was on a mission to destroy.
3 But Saul was going everywhere to destroy the church. He went from house to house, dragging out both men and women to throw them into prison. Acts 8:3, NLT.
Both Sauls will eventually lead, and it’s in these beginnings where the glimpse is caught about who they were before God changes everything. These men weren’t even looking for change–one was looking for donkeys, another was looking to punish.
Maybe it’s a reading about changed hearts.
5 “When you arrive at Gibeah of God, where the garrison of the Philistines is located, you will meet a band of prophets coming down from the place of worship. They will be playing a harp, a tambourine, a flute, and a lyre, and they will be prophesying. 6 At that time the Spirit of the Lord will come powerfully upon you, and you will prophesy with them. You will be changed into a different person. 1 Samuel 10:5-6, NLT.
9 As Saul turned and started to leave, God gave him a new heart, and all Samuel’s signs were fulfilled that day. 1 Samuel 10:9, NLT.
26 When Saul returned to his home at Gibeah, a group of men whose hearts God had touched went with him. 1 Samuel 10:26, NLT.
But it’s definitely a testament of God’s power.
4 But the believers who were scattered preached the Good News about Jesus wherever they went. Acts 8:4, NLT.
12 But now the people believed Philip’s message of Good News concerning the Kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ. As a result, many men and women were baptized. Acts 8:12, NLT.
Unexpected places; least expected people; in the midst of persecution, scattering, and feeling that everything is falling apart–God is there.
Lord, sometimes I give up on people–for changes that are unreliable, hearts that are hard as rocks, people on paths heading away from you. If it was only in their power, or my power, we are lost. But your power is the kind that changes everything. Help me to always look for you, because you’re there.