This is a true story and therefore the names of all characters and places have been changed to protect them. The story began many years ago in the little seaside town of Jeffreys Bay, which became famous as a surfing paradise because of its powerful waves, a fisherman’s dream because of its fantastic fish and a village which transformed to become a holiday retreat for the rich and famous. A wonderful land of sunny beaches that stretch across the pale blue ocean into the shimmering horizon along the curve of the sweeping bay, etched under the majestic ring of deep blue Eastern Cape Mountains.
The theme of this book is Blinded by the Light and the title comes from a famous biblical story in Acts Chapter 9.
There was a certain very powerful official named Saul of Tarsus who was wreaking havoc on the Christians of that time, entering every house and dragging men and women off to prison, breathing threats and murder against the disciples. Saul embarked on a journey to Damascus in order to arrest Christians in that city and on the road suddenly a light shone on him from heaven and a voice said, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?” Saul fell to the ground trembling with fear and asked, “Who are you, Lord?” and the Lord answered him saying, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. Arise and go into the city and I will tell you what to do.”
So Saul arose and he was blinded for three days and his men had to lead him into the city. He was told to meet a man named Ananias at a street called Straight. His followers had to lead Saul into Damascus, because he was blind and when he met Ananias, immediately something like scales fell from his eyes and he received his sight again. Saul was baptised immediately and began preaching Jesus Christ as the Son of God. People were amazed and said, “Is this not he who destroyed those who called on His name?” After this miraculous conversion, Saul changed his name to Paul and it is he who wrote many of the books of the New Testament and his inspired writings have governed the course of history for over 2000 years.
Saul was blinded by the light.
Over the last thirty years I have been honoured to meet many, many people who have also been blinded by the light. Men and women of various cultures who have had a powerful religious experience in which they too have personally been confronted by God in such amazing ways that their lives have been changed forever.
This is the heart of this book: to share some of these marvelous true experiences in which God has revealed HIMSELF to man.