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Wrong Place, Right Time
By Karen L. Mechtly

Acts 8:26
Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, "Go south to the road-- the desert road-- that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza." (NIV)

I must confess that I am directionally challenged. So, it was no surprise that I ended up in the wrong place last week. I was to connect with a woman I had never met in a parking lot for an important meeting. All I knew was that I was to look for a green Honda and she was to watch for a red Toyota. At the right time I pulled into the parking lot. I realized immediately that I was in the wrong place. I was about to turn around and leave when I spotted the green Honda. She saw my car, rolled down her window and waved. We were both in the wrong place! But we connected.

On the way home after a successful meetings, I reflected on how God had guided us both to the same spot. It brought to my mind the account in Acts of Philip the Evangelist. Maybe he felt like he was in the wrong place when he ended up on the road to Gaza. He was enjoying a fruitful ministry in Samaria when all of a sudden God asked him to go to a distant road through the desert. Did he wonder why? Soon he knew. He spotted a chariot carrying the Ethiopian eunuch coming down the road. The eunuch stopped and asked Philip to join him in the chariot. Philip was able to explain the scriptures to the eunuch and as a result, he was saved.

Perhaps you feel like you are in the wrong place. Maybe you wonder why God has put you there. But God never makes a mistake. He has something for you to do where you are. You are definitely in the right place at the right time.

Dear Lord, Open my eyes to the opportunities you have for me right where I am.


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