I asked, 'What shall I do, sir?'
The Lord answered me, 'Get up and go into Damascus,
and there you will be told about everything
appointed for you to do.'
Just another day in the life of the Bible! Paul ruthlessly persecuted Christian men and women. He had them bound and sent them to their death in prison (Acts 22:4). At the time of his conversion, Paul, blinded, heard the voice of Jesus speaking directly to him. What did he do? Paul asked, "What shall I do?" Four words spoken with Paul's faith indicate that: Jesus would tell him what to do, that Paul will accomplish or at least set out to do this, and Jesus did not take the life of Paul and instead showed mercy to him. In this same passage in Acts 22:16 after restoring his sight, Ananias asked Paul, "Why delay?"
Let's ask ourselves the same questions if we have sinned and are afraid or hesitant to confess. If Paul whose sins were so great was not hesitant to ask Jesus this question then neither should we be afraid, even if we haven't been to church in awhile. Instead of, "I'll go to Confession next weekend or later in Lent", what if we asked God in prayer, "What shall I do?" And like Ananias ask ourselves, "Why delay?" God has plans for us, and in His mercy and love we can trust that His plans will be for our ultimate good.