Its 6:00 a.m. I’ve just finished watching the movie “unconditional”. Yes, I was watching that early. With teary eyes(effects of the movie) I open my lovely brown covered book with the words “HOLY BIBLE” written on it. And continuing with my series of reading, go straight to chapter 8 of the book of Acts. I read through, then,
It captures my attention-The story of the Ethiopian Eunuch.
From it I gain revelations.
First, this man Philip, an angel appears tells him, instructs him to go south and he immediately starts out. Doesn’t ask questions or take time to think. He just follows what he was told. Got me thinking how many times do we follow instructions? How many times have we heard God speak to us clearly tells us to do something but being the human beings we are, we start asking what ifs? And in our quest of wanting to know why? and where? and how? We miss God’s great destiny for us.
Here is the eunuch, he is reading the book of Prophet Isaiah, he knows not what he is reading but he is reading it anyway. He desires to know. By God’s ways Phillip is here too, and he explains it all to him. And when ‘they came to some water”(vs 36) the eunuch, having now understood what he was reading, grabs the opportunity and asks Philip “look here is water. Why shouldn’t I be baptized?” And he gave orders to stop the chariot and was baptized(vs 38,39)
Wow!! How Fascinating! The eunuch had been searching and when he found, when he got the knowledge of what he had been looking for, he didn’t think twice about it. He didn’t leave anything to chance. He grabbed the opportunity with both hands.
How great are the things we could have and can achieve if we grabbed the opportunities given to us without hesitation? How massive our achievements would be if we took a hold of chances as the eunuch did? How high we would and will rise if we accept and take up the good offers made to us!
Then it hit me, the reason we don’t take up this opportunities is, we are not searching for them, we are getting ourselves prepared for them, so we fail to recognize them when they are presented to us. The eunuch was reading amid the fact that he wasn’t understanding what he was reading. He was preparing himself, he was laying the foundation, he had already started the journey so when someone to push him to the end of the journey came, he recognized him and took the chance. He knew what he was searching for and this helped him know it when it was presented to him.
‘When they came up out of the water, the spirit of the Lord suddenly took Philip away, and the eunuch did not see him again, but went on his way rejoicing'(vs 39). Philip’s work was done. He had achieved his purpose. He had known why the angel had sent him to the south. He had found the reason. So the spirit took him away.
Rejoice was now the eunuch’s portion. ‘And he went his way rejoicing’. Yes, He rejoices because what he had been looking for was found, because he is now a changed man, his crave had been filled.
This is what will also happen to us too. We will know joy. We will know happiness. We will know gladness. We will rejoice. Our search and preparation will pay off and that grabbed opportunity will bring us prosperity. We only need to search,be prepared and take up the opportunity when we lay sight of it.
Finally, ‘and the eunuch did not see him again’. The eunuch met Philip only once in his life and Philip changed his life. Philip quenched his thirst. This cut through me deep. I remembered the many times I have met people and ignored them,how many times I have looked down upon people. What if this people(or person) was my Philip? What if this person had the answer to my ‘that one question’?
Day in, day out, we meet people, how do we treat them? Do we even give ourselves and them a chance to know them? Do we say “hi” back when they say “hi”? Or do we ignore and ill-treat them and in the process miss our Philip?
Lets Learn from the Eunuch