September 7

Now as they went down the road, they came to some water. And the eunuch said, ‘See, here is water. What hinders me from being baptized?’ Acts 8:36

Philip and the eunuch were travelling together through the desert, south towards Ethiopia; as the conversation turned towards baptism, they came across some water. God’s coincidences are more frequent than we realise. Once I was going on a mission trip to Africa, and randomly grabbed a book from the shelf as I was leaving the house. It was entitled ‘The Cambridge Seven’ and was about seven missionaries from Cambridge University. The flight left London on time but there was a 12-hour delay in the rather sparse airport of Addis Ababa (coincidentally, the capital of Ethiopia)! The man next to me was bored and obviously had nothing to read, so I offered him the book I had grabbed. He was not interested in spiritual things, but he was a tutor from Cambridge University, and so he found the book really interesting. Our lives are made up of divine guidance and divine coincidences. The question is: are our eyes open to notice the beautiful weave that God is working into our lives and circumstances? Some types of cloth are monotone, but others have subtle weaves that add a blend of colour to a grey. God is in the weave of our lives. He has placed us in the circumstances we are in now. Our jobs, neighbours, and ‘random’ encounters are all part of His will and purpose. We pray for guidance, for God to show us what His will is, and to place us where He can use us. The truth is, we are already there. Lift up your eyes to discover God in your present circumstances.