Greetings and good morning.
On Monday afternoon, my phone was alerting me that there was a meeting that I needed to get to. Admittedly, it was something that I had completely forgotten on my calendar. Meanwhile, the phone was “pinging” away! Hurriedly, I got in my truck and headed out for the meeting. I got to the facility, “punched” the time clock, went upstairs, and came to realize that the meeting on my phone might have had the wrong date/time. Normally, we meet in a particular room which was noticeably occupied by a different group. The admin assistant was happy for me to check the room that we only sometimes meet in upstairs, just to make sure. I arrived upstairs, still with about 1 minute to go. Empty room. Then someone tapped me on the shoulder and said, “This isn’t normally your day to come here, Seth.”
I shook my head and explained that my phone alerted me about a possible meeting that I didn’t want to miss. She said, “Well, I’m so glad you’re here! Did you hear about so and so? They’ve had a pretty awful time of it as they had an incident while you were away. Maybe you were supposed to be here after all” (lightbulb).
“Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Rise and go toward the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” This is a desert place. And he rose and went. and there was an Ethiopian, a eunuch, a court official of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was in charge of all her treasure” (Acts 8:26-27a).
From time to time, the Scriptures show us odd pictures of people who were about their own work, when suddenly God directed them to do something, other than what they had planned. In Philip’s case, it required an angel. In my case, a cell phone was good enough!
Has something like this ever happened to you? Sometimes we think of God’s intervention as happening only to the well-spoken, or the dignitaries, but that is not what I’ve found. God is just waiting for someone like “little old me” to be willing to adjust my schedule so that He can show how great and powerful He is.
Last Sunday was such a wonderful time of God’s manifest presence in worship. I’m excited that we get to gather together to host His presence again. Then I’ll be sharing the last pictures in the Book of Revelation which has some wonderful practical applications for us today. I hope you can join us!
In His Service,