Theme for October: Identity
“I’m from Ethiopia,” the taxi driver informed us. My daughter and I were riding in his cab from the airport to our hotel in Phoenix. He dropped us off and wished us well. Kendra and I were in Arizona to check out college campuses. A few hours later, after getting settled, we ventured out. We made our best attempt to find the light rail station that would take us from Phoenix to Tempe. Standing on the corner and looking around, we were perplexed. We were able to find the west bound train but not the east bound. Then our cabby pulled up to the corner! “What (are) you looking for?” Our confusion was evident. He was concerned and took time to assist us. With his help, we made our way to correct location.
This week in the Bible study (BSF) I attend we are studying Acts 8:26-40. Philip is directed by an angel of the Lord to take a bit of a detour to meet an Ethiopian official. During that encounter the man came to a saving faith in Jesus.
The detours or interruptions in our life may be life changing for us or another person. Just as our Ethiopian driver took time to help me and my daughter, Philip answered God’s call to take a different road in order to help the Ethiopian. The Ethiopian gained a new identity.
While at a Hearts at Home Conference, Jill Savage said, “When we start looking at our husbands or children as interruptions, something is out of sync.” The interruptions and detours are where life happens.
Parenting Tip: Look at life’s interruptions as opportunities. Our family is more important than our list of items to accomplish. The detours could be life altering moments.
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Lori Wildenberg is a licensed parent and family educator, parent coach, and co-founder of 1Corinthians13 Parenting.com. She has written 6 books including Messy Journey: How Grace and Truth Offer the Prodigal a Way Home; The Messy Life of Parenting: Powerful and Practical Ways to Strengthen Family Connections; and her most recent book, Messy Hope: Help Your Child Overcome Anxiety, Depression, or Suicidal Ideation. Contact Lori for your next event or for parent consulting or parent training courses. Lori can also be found mentoring over at the MOMS Together Group on Facebook.