“In Damascus there lived a believer named Ananias, to whom the Lord appeared in a vision and said: ‘Ananias!’ He replied, «Here I am, Lord.» (Acts 9:10).
It was two in the morning when Julia’s phone rang. Her neighbor looked desperate. Julia was a Christian woman from head to toe; a person of prayer and faith, something that was known to all; that’s why her neighbor called her at those hours. I wanted to ask you to pray for your son, who had just been diagnosed with leukemia. Julia, without looking at her watch, got out of bed and went out there. Anything he could help this distraught mother with would be of the utmost value. Once with her, Julia prayed and interceded with God for her and her seriously ill son. Julia’s prayer brought peace to her neighbor, allowing her to fall asleep and rest. «The effective prayer of the righteous can accomplish much» (James 5:16, ESV).
Julia’s attitude was similar to that displayed by a Christian man named Ananias. After Jesus appeared to Saul of Tarsus on the road to Damascus (see Acts 9: 3-5), a man named Ananias also appeared in vision. Just by calling him, he responded, «Here I am, Lord» (verse 10). His disposition was immediate; and they were not mere words, it was from the heart. We know this because he had heard of Saul of Tarsus, he knew that he was a declared enemy of the followers of Jesus, who had surely come to Damascus to harm them. Despite this, he believed in the Lord and «Ananias went to the house where Saul was» (verse 17). By faith, out of loyalty to Christ, out of obedience to the Lord, he said «here I am» and indeed there he was.
Ananias abandoned everything he was doing, just as Julia abandoned her night dream, to go where the Lord called them. And both were of great use, help and comfort for two children of God who were suffering.
When a son or daughter of God looks for you, does it find you? Is your answer «here I am» whatever the time of day or day of the week, or whoever the person is? This is a learning that we must acquire: to be there for the other, to respond to the need that the children of God have everywhere, to contribute a grain of sand where the Lord requires our presence