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“Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men. Do not pray for tasks commensurate with your strength. Pray for strength commensurate with your tasks.” - Phillips Brooks

Watch For Chariots

Ethiopian-eunuchYou ever have one of those days, weeks, or months where your schedule gets totally tossed out? We can be creatures of habit, captives to our routines, but sometimes The Holy Spirit wants to lead us in a different direction for a while. A brief detour from the norm. And if we're not careful we let these changes mess our attitudes up. This morning I was reading about Philip and his quick trip to "a desert place" and The Lord reminded me that He directs the paths of His children.

Acts 8:26-28 (ESV) 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. He had come to Jerusalem to worship and was returning, seated in his chariot, and he was reading the prophet Isaiah.

It's interesting to me that out in the middle of nowhere, Philip crosses paths with a guy in a chariot that just happens to need someone to talk to hip about The Lord. Maybe The Lord has someone that He wants us to speak to today. Maybe The Spirit will send us in a different direction for a short while. He might even send us to "a desert place" (this week I've spent a few hours in an auto repair shop). Viewing the unexpected turns in our daily routines as opportunities for faith adventures might make a big difference in how we handle them.

The next time your routine gets messed up...Calm down and watch for chariots.

Dear Lord, I'll go wherever you send me today. I'll look for opportunities to share my faith with those I meet along the way.