The Ethiopian has a great question: How can I understand unless someone instructs me? The Ethiopian is a person of status. People are serving him. Then this strange Philip shows up alongside his carriage asking if he understands what he is reading.
To help us understand what just happened, imagine yourself sitting at a stop sign. Someone knocks on your window. At first you try to ignore them. But they are persistent, so you roll down your window a little. They ask you if you know how to drive your car. What would be your response? At least the Ethiopian asked a somewhat civil question, “How can I understand unless someone instructs me?”
The wonderful thing about all this is learning to experience God working in our lives in many mysterious ways. You and I may not be as forward as Philip, but we all have our little ways of bringing God into our lives and into the lives of others. When we do so we are instructing others, helping them to understand.
And the clever thing about all this is that we probably do not even realize we are teaching, sharing God with others. God is so amazing. He helps us evangelize without even telling us we are evangelizing. It may be days or months later in a conversation totally unrelated that someone tells you it is what you said long ago that got them thinking about their faith life. That you were instrumental in their faith development. And you did not even know.
What will you say today that will help someone grow in faith?
May the Lord bless you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen