The Lord appeared to a man named Ananias in a vision and asked him to undertake what Ananias must surely have perceived as a dangerous mission: to go to the house of a man named Judas, lay his hands on a man named Saul of Tarsus, and pray that he might receive his sight. Saul had become blind while travelling to Damascus to persecute the Christians there, having the full intent on taking them captive to Jerusalem for trial, torture, and death. Even so, Ananias did as he was asked by the Lord, and within the hour, Saul’s sight was restored.
According to Christian legend, Ananias was a simple cobbler who had no idea what happened to Saul after that day, or how he had changed the course of human history by obeying God in a simple act that was part of Saul’s transformation into the Apostle Paul.
As he lay on his deathbed, Ananias looked up towards the heaven and whispered, “I haven’t done much, Lord. A few shoes sewn, a few sandals stitched. But what more could be expected of a poor cobbler?”
The Lord spoke to Ananias’ hear, “Don’t worry, Ananias, about how much you have accomplished–or how little. You were there in the hour I needed you to be there. And that is all that matters.