Philip and the Ethiopian
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 Candace, 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.
You know how sometimes God is very specific about what He wants us to do?
Most of us have had that sense, or that inner spiritual nudge that we believe is
coming from God. I was at a women’s conference a few years ago and there
was a young woman sitting just below me in the arena. She was sobbing quietly
during a worship time.
I really felt like God wanted me to give her a slip of paper that said, “God loves
you just the way you are…right now in this moment.” It was a bit scary but I
did it. She turned around and gave me a sad, but sweet smile and said, “Thank
I have no idea what those words really meant to her; but I felt good that I had
heard what I believed to be God’s voice and I did what I thought He asked me
Philip also was given very specific instructions from God…from the Spirit…when
he obeyed and headed South to the desert road. I think sometimes we wish
God would always be this clear with us don’t you? I know I do because life
can seem very confusing. We don’t always know the right thing to do.
But do you know what else I noticed in that scripture about Philip? God didn’t tell
him what to do once he got to this Ethiopian eunuch. He just said to go there.
Here’s what happens…
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.
Philip got there, listened, ran up to the man and asked him a question. How did
he know what to ask or what to say? I think God trusted Philip enough to allow
him to figure that out when he got there. Philip would continue to sense the
Spirit’s leading or because of his relationship with God, past experience, and his
faith he would figure out what to say.
And Philip ended up being able to share “…the good news about Jesus.”
When you have a child with an eating disorder you often feel alone. You may
feel like you are winging it most of the time and don’t always know what to do.
I believe God wants you to know that He trusts you to be the parent your child
needs you to be at any given time.
There will be circumstances when you feel led specifically by God to do certain
things; and there will also be times when you pray for wisdom about what to do
and then act from that prayerful place “the best you can.”
Those are key words…”the best you can.” That is all God expects. He knows
you are not perfect and that you will make mistakes. But He also knows that
everything you do comes from a deep place of love for your child. Just like His
love for you comes the deepest places in Him.
Isn’t it amazing to think about the possibility that just as you trust God…He
trusts you too? He trusts you to relate to others and to your child from your
relationship with Him; from the wisdom only He can give.
For years parents have not been trusted by those in the eating disorder field.
You were kept on the periphery of your child’s treatment because you were told
you would make it worse or that it was your fault your child was ill. Praise God
that is changing!
If you take nothing else from this today please take this….God trusts you! And
because of that I believe you can begin to trust yourself…that you can heal
your child at home. One bite at a time, one meal at a time, preventing one
purge or one 6 mile run at a time. Your best, grounded in God’s wisdom, is
You are trustworthy in God’s eyes!
April 20, 2012