Acts 8:26-31 NIVUK
26 Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, ‘Go south to the road – the desert road – that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.’ 27 So he started out, and on his way he met an Ethiopian eunuch, an important official in charge of all the treasury of the Kandake (which means ‘queen of the Ethiopians’). This man had gone to Jerusalem to worship, 28 and on his way home was sitting in his chariot reading the Book of Isaiah the prophet. 29 The Spirit told Philip, ‘Go to that chariot and stay near it.’
30 Then Philip ran up to the chariot and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet. ‘Do you understand what you are reading?’ Philip asked.
31 ‘How can I,’ he said, ‘unless someone explains it to me?’ So he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.
I love this incident, a brilliant example of a life lived listening to the Spirit. Strategies are important – you only have to look to Paul’s missionary journeys to see that – but nothing can replace the openness to a Spirit inspired moment. I wonder what the Spirit might say to you today as you enter the staff room or class room? Who might he nudge you to talk to on the morning commute or in the queue at the tills in Tesco? What might he ask you to do or say for him today?