Caravaggio’s depiction of this major event shows Saul fallen from his horse, with the light from heaven surrounding him. here is part of the story, from Acts: ‘But Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any belonging to the Way, men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. Now as he journeyed he approached Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven flashed about him. And he fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?” And he said, “Who are you, Lord?” And he said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting; but rise and enter the city, and you will be told what you are to do.” The men who were travelling with him stood speechless, hearing the voice but seeing no one. Saul arose from the ground; and when his eyes were opened, he could see nothing; so they led him by the hand and brought him into Damascus’.
The account speaks of both a falling and a rising, both of which are significant moments in the life of the Apostle. He ‘fell’ from his previous life and ‘rose’ again, into a new life, entering the ‘city’ of the Kingdom of God. This pattern of falling and rising is shown in our own lives, sometimes many times over as we seek to grow in likeness to Christ, by the grace of God. May God bless you in your own journey this day.