Buckle Up for the Adventure! October 17, 2022
Monday, October 17th
Take5 Devotional today written by Pastor Michelle Tumes, Worship Pastor
Buckle Up for the Adventure!
Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Go south to the road-the desert road-that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza”. So he started out, and on his way he met an Ethiopian eunuch, an important official in charge of all the treasury of the Kandake (which means “queen of the Ethiopians”). The man had gone to Jerusalem to worship.
Acts: 8: 26-27
The beauty of an adventure can be internal, rather than externally enjoying the scenery of a unique journey. In the passage for today, Philip was told by an angel to specifically go to “the desert road”. We can notice this heavenly road sign was followed without hesitation. Perhaps Philip experienced a nervous excitement about what he would encounter as his steps led him further down the road.
Some of us map out our journey with so much regiment that we forget to be open to the direction of a heavenly sign. I personally love the unknown and collect experiences along the path as mile markers on the journey of faith. I know it can appear daunting, but openness and obedience will bring fulfillment and encouragement to keep you traveling on this adventure with Jesus as your comfort and guide.
Sometimes we are prompted to move out of our comfort zone and embrace a completely different paradigm and swap out our lenses for another mindset. The Ethiopians had a revered social standing, but eunuchs were not permitted to engage in the rituals of the temple. Philip was guided toward an individual who was diametrically opposed to himself. However, the commonality was a desire to unite in the beauty of the gospel; to stop on that dusty road and engage in community with the centrality of Christ.
Christ has already mapped your journey and he has great plans for you. I encourage you to embrace His signs and trust that He has an exciting future for you, even if you are led on a detour down a desert road! Along that road, there will be many from all walks of life that we are called to embrace and point to Jesus.