What is Jesus saying personally to me today – Start where you are at
There is a great openness between all parties in this reading. The Eunuch, Phillip and the Holy Spirit are engaging with each other being led in a manner that God is directing. The part that speaks to me is that Phillip responds to the Eunuch at the place where his is, not where he has been or where he should go but at the very place of where his heart and mind are at that precise moment. Phillip is living in the moment himself and he is starting every movement without thought of past or future.
Thank you for speaking to me Jesus
How do I respond to what Jesus is saying personally to me today?
I am definitely not living in the moment right now. My mind is continually flipping from the past to the future without actually allowing myself to be present right now. It’s quite cunning this mind of mine, its using logic and evidence to keep me from being here right now with Jesus. Today I need come in to the present and this is no small task as my mind is using all its strength to keep from doing it. I am going to take the day off to sit in contemplation for as long as it takes and allow my mind and God to do their thing starting where I am at.
I surrender my mind to you.
Meet me here right now.
I am desperate to be in the present and I can only do this with your help.
Guide and be with me today.
The angel of the Lord spoke to Philip saying, ‘Be ready to set out at noon along the road that goes from Jerusalem down to Gaza, the desert road.’ So he set off on his journey. Now it happened that an Ethiopian had been on pilgrimage to Jerusalem; he was a eunuch and an officer at the court of the kandake, or queen, of Ethiopia, and was in fact her chief treasurer. He was now on his way home; and as he sat in his chariot he was reading the prophet Isaiah. The Spirit said to Philip, ‘Go up and meet that chariot.’ When Philip ran up, he heard him reading Isaiah the prophet and asked, ‘Do you understand what you are reading?’ ‘How can I’ he replied ‘unless I have someone to guide me?’ So he invited Philip to get in and sit by his side. Now the passage of scripture he was reading was this:
Like a sheep that is led to the slaughter-house,
like a lamb that is dumb in front of its shearers,
like these he never opens his mouth.
He has been humiliated and has no one to defend him.
Who will ever talk about his descendants,
since his life on earth has been cut short!
The eunuch turned to Philip and said, ‘Tell me, is the prophet referring to himself or someone else?’ Starting, therefore, with this text of scripture Philip proceeded to explain the Good News of Jesus to him.
Further along the road they came to some water, and the eunuch said, ‘Look, there is some water here; is there anything to stop me being baptised?’ He ordered the chariot to stop, then Philip and the eunuch both went down into the water and Philip baptised him. But after they had come up out of the water again Philip was taken away by the Spirit of the Lord, and the eunuch never saw him again but went on his way rejoicing. Philip found that he had reached Azotus and continued his journey proclaiming the Good News in every town as far as Caesarea.