Our passage for this week tells the dramatic story of Saul’s conversion. He receives a new name, a new passion and new life grounded in sharing his witness of Jesus. I’ve never had a religious converson like that. A conversion that changes me instantly. Not yet anyway. I have had other sorts of reversals in my life; changes in which I am instantly different. The first time I had great sex. Becoming a mother. Losing my father. I know that following these moments I was changed. These moments brought a sort of clarity that is unquestionable. The event happened. I was changed. Full stop. In my faith, I have come to appreciate a life of long, slow work towards the mystery of God. (the opposite of conversion) In that regard, clarity seems over rated. Daily improvisation with those in my “band” is how I am rooted in Grace and where I am growing in faith everyday.
How is it for you? Conversion or long, slow work? What does the “band” that allows you to improvise look like?