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In the story of Philip and the Ethiopian eunuch, I have always been struck by the pronouncements of Philipâ€™s boldness. As a young Christian, I was often called to this kind of boldness: to go out to the stranger and the foreigner and declare the good works of God.
But revisiting this passage I am struck by how weak Philip is--and how necessary this is to his ministry. The eunuchâ€™s audacity and exuberance are mesmerizing as well. This seems to be not a story of one manâ€™s faithfulness so much as one about how the proclamation of Godâ€™s good news needs the hearer as much as it needs the one who declares.
This shift mirrors the reality of my own life. I am far from the courageous missionary who walks out in certainty of Godâ€™s faith. More often I have found myself on strange roads and come across needs that I just happened to have tools for. Even more often, I have been the person lost, broken and unsur--and someone has happened upon me, asked me a question and shared something that broke open the limitations I had felt so deeply.
I find great hope in the story that God uses both knowing and not knowing, certainty and uncertainty--and that these are often wrapped up in the same moment to wonderful and miraculous effect.