You are my shield O Lord, my glory, You lift up my head. Aloud I cry to the Lord, and from His holy hill He answers me. If I lie down to sleep, again I awake, for the Lord supports me; no fear of the thousands standing against me.
Beloved, I bring my little trials and disappointments to You and from Your holy hill on Calvary, You answer me and I can see my own difficulties in perspective.
When Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through it. A man was there named Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax-collector and was rich. He was trying to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was short in stature. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycomore tree to see him, because he was going to pass that way. When Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, ‘Zacchaeus, hurry and come down; for I must stay at your house today.’ So he hurried down and was happy to welcome him. All who saw it began to grumble and said, ‘He has gone to be the guest of one who is a sinner.’ Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord, ‘Look, half of my possessions, Lord, I will give to the poor; and if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I will pay back four times as much.’ 9Then Jesus said to him, ‘Today salvation has come to this house, because he too is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek out and to save the lost.’
Zacchaeus may have been a sinner but he still recognised goodness incarnate. He was not content with just looking and wishing. When Jesus called him by name and invited him into a deeper relationship with God, he responded gladly and whole heartedly.
Every conversion experience should be like this. God seeks and finds us and we respond without reserve.