"'On one of these journeys I was going to Damascus with the authority and commission of the chief priests. About noon, O king, as I was on the road, I saw a light from heaven, brighter than the sun, blazing around me and my companions. We all fell to the ground, and I heard a voice saying to me in Aramaic, "Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads."'" NIV translation
Paul continues to explain that he was actually on his way to persecute more believers when God intervened. The normal reaction when a man comes face to face with God is that the man falls to his knees in worship and that is just what Paul and his companions did. A goad was a stick that was sharpened to a point on one end and flattened on the other end. It was used by farmers to get the oxen in the field to move and to keep the plow clean. Kicking against the goads speaks of rebellion and, just as it was pointless for the oxen to kick when prodded by the farmer, this passage reminds us that God is in control and has a plan for the lives of each of us (see Ephesians 2:10). He goads us along the way in order to keep us moving in the right direction. Sometimes, as here in the case of Saul/Paul, God has to show up in a big way.