But an angel of the Lord spoke to Philip saying, “Get up and go south to the road that descends from Jerusalem to Gaza.” (This is a desert road.) 27 So he got up and went; and there was an Ethiopian eunuch, a court official of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was in charge of all her treasure; and he had come to Jerusalem to worship, 28 and he was returning and sitting in his chariot, and was reading the prophet Isaiah. 29 Then the Spirit said to Philip, “Go up and join this chariot.” 30 Philip ran up and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet, and said, “Do you understand what you are reading?” 31 And he said, “Well, how could I, unless someone guides me?” And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him. Acts 8:26-31 NASB
In the above scripture, a court official was traveling by chariot away from Jerusalem. He did not understand the scripture he was reading from the prophet Isaiah. An angel instructed Philip to go south and the Spirit led Philip to “go up and join” the traveling chariot. As Philip followed the Spirit’s instructions, he became a knowledgeable guide for the traveler’s understanding of the scripture.
My husband and I recently took an anniversary weekend trip to the Okefenokee Swamp in South Georgia. If you are familiar with swamp lands, you might know about the varieties of trees, birds, plants, and reptiles that regard the swamp as their home. While we were there, we took two different boat tours of the swamp, one from Waycross, and one from Folkston. Our two guides had 15 and 45 years of experience, respectively. We would not have ventured into the swamp with the alligators, snakes, and various river creatures without a good guide.
Guides are supposed to be experts in the areas of their specialty. Whenever my husband and I go on adventures, we know we will learn something from dependable guides. Just like we need guides for unfamiliar terrain, persons who are admitted to our facilities need guides to assist them in acclimating to their room and new routine. As I reflect upon our swamp guides and the lessons they were teaching us, it causes me to wonder about the lessons I teach and the persons who look to me for guidance. What kind of guide am I becoming?
Prayer: O God, thank You for good guides in life and life lessons. Thank You for knowledgeable guides in our facilities who provide wonderful teaching sessions, instructions, and customer service. Help us to be ready to offer reliable guidance to those who need it. Equip us and enable us to be good guides for others. Amen