Monday mornings can seem anything but exciting.
Weekend events often leave us feeling a little tired,
and sometimes the thought of another week of same old
"same old" just isn't enough to kick us into high gear.
What if today is the day that something is going to happen that will change everything about tomorrow?
What if today is the day that you are going to say just the right thing to someone who needs a little encouragement and somehow God is going to use a tired you to enliven a weary someone else?
What if today is the day that God is going to place you in just the right situation at just the right time to be the difference, the answer, the sign someone is pleading for in prayer?
I wonder how Philip felt when an angel appeared to him and told him to go south to a desert road.
Surely he wondered what in the world God could possibly have in mind as he began his journey to a barren stretch of land.
I love that when Philip heard the command, he immediately started out on the journey.
He didn't question the angel.
He didn't complain.
He didn't hesitate.
Acts 8 simply says,
"So he started out..."
I have to think that Philip was praying as he journeyed toward this desert road.
I have to think that he was watching all along the way for a sign.
I have to think that he was praying for God to show him why in the world he was journeying toward a desert road.
And I especially love that before he even arrived at his destination,
God used Philip to change someone's life forever.
The whole story is in Acts 8:26-35.
In the story, it says that as Philip was "on his way," he came upon an Ethiopian eunuch who was reading the book of Isaiah.
Philip was told by the Spirit to "Go near the chariot and stay near it."
As Philip approached the chariot, he simply asked the eunuch if he understood what he was reading.
This opened the door for a powerful conversation in which Philip was able to share about Jesus.
Eventually, Philip and the eunuch passed by some water,
and the eunuch asked Philip to baptize him.
Philip is then taken away miraculously to an entirely different location.
God had used Philip "on his way" to the desert road rather than waiting until he arrived there.
The story ends with these words about the eunuch,
"he went on his way rejoicing."
Today, as we venture into another Monday,
what if God has plans to use us "on our way" from one place to the next?
What if He plans for our encounter with someone to end with them going "on their way rejoicing?"
Maybe it's a bus ride to work or walk down a hall from one office to the next or a phone call with a friend or relative or an encounter with a student or co-worker that will be the "on our way" moment or our day.
If every one of us determines that today is the day we will be open to God's leading as we are "on our way" from one place to the next,
can we even imagine how this world could be transformed?
Today IS the day.
We are all "on our way" somewhere.
As we journey through today, let's ask God to open our eyes and ears to the world around us so that we can share His love with a world that needs Him desperately.
Let's all determine that today IS the day that we, like Philip, will send someone "on their way rejoicing" because we have allowed God to use us "on our way."