Saul, who was also known as Paul in an attempt to zealously protect the worship of Judaism ended up persecuting the church to the extent of killing followers of Christ, going from house to house, synagogue to synagogue in order to stifle them from preaching the good news.
In one of such trips to Damascus, he met the Lord whose light from heaven flashed around him and he fell to the ground. This was how Paul encountered Jesus Christ whom he had persecuted earlier.
Indeed, God had a special assignment for Paul amidst all the mistakes he had done. God sent Ananias – one of the disciples to pray for Paul to be restored from his blindness. Ananias was unwilling but after God had revealed His divine intentions about Paul that “this man is my chosen instrument to proclaim my name to the Gentiles and their Kings and to the people of Israel,” he obliged. (Verse 15).
Sometimes you might be fighting some wrong battles or you might think because of certain appalling things you have done; you can’t be used by God. Like Paul, maybe you were ignorant. God has a plan and purpose for your life; plan to use you to reach out to the neglected in your Society and the world at large. Brace yourself up for the task and stop the old mistakes. If you are spiritually blind, you shall regain your sight again and be duly filled by the Holy Spirit to accomplish this mandate.
If Saul was forgiven after all he did to the disciples and became one of the great Apostles in the New Testament, what can’t the Lord accomplish with you as His channel of blessing.