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Acts 8:26-39
1 Peter 1:1-4
Philippians 3:18-21
Isaiah 53

I know what it feels like to not belong. 
I know what it feels like to be an exile away from home. 
I know what it is to be used. 
I know what it is to have nobody even know my name.

You see, I had always been known by my ethnicity, my condition, and my work description. 
I was never known by my own name, by my own identity, individually, apart from the crowd. No one knew that – not even me, it seemed. 

I was merely known as the Ethiopian eunuch, a court official for Queen Candace of Ethiopia. She had a name. But I sure didn’t. 

And yet, that is not my story any longer. I do have a name now: “Beloved Child of the Most High God.” For, you see, He sought me and found me.

I’ll never forget the day when everything changed. I had traveled to Jerusalem to worship and was returning to my place in Candace’s court. Taking a brief break from my travels, I was sitting in my chariot reading from the Hebrew prophet Isaiah. Suddenly, I heard a voice say, “Do you understand what you’re reading?” (Acts 8:30)

I was so startled, wondering if I was hearing the voice of God Himself, for I had just been praying for help in understanding. I was reading these words from Isaiah but not understanding a single one; after all, I had no one to guide me.

You can imagine my surprise, then, when this unknown man suddenly appeared and seemed to read my mind! He was a messenger from heaven, I was sure of it.

I invited this heaven-sent man to come and sit with me. As I explained to him what I had been reading in Isaiah, I asked this man, who told me his name was Philip, about the suffering servant of whom I’d read. (Isaiah 53)

Instantly, my life changed forever, for Philip began telling me the good news of the God-Man named Jesus, our Savior. (John 3:16-17) I placed my faith and trust in this Messiah then and there. 

During our conversation, we had been journeying down the road a bit. Suddenly, we came upon some water and I asked Philip if anything would prevent me from now being baptized. He instantly commanded the chariot to stop. Next thing I knew, we were going down into the water and Philip was baptizing me. 

As if the day’s events weren’t astounding enough, suddenly Philip disappeared from sight! I wish I could have thanked him before he was transported away, but you can bet I praised the One Who ultimately met with me. I am still rejoicing over the best day of my life.

Since then, I have read the words of Peter, a follower and missionary of Jesus, who wrote of “chosen exiles” to whom the Lord has “[given] new birth into a living hope.” (1 Peter 1:1-4) How Peter’s words resonate with me! I was an exile, and I was certainly pursued and elected for salvation by my Lord and God. 

I was once a largely unknown eunuch serving a queen. 
Now I am a personally-known and loved child of God. 

I am still an exile today, for my true home is secured for me in Heaven, but I no longer ache with despair or loneliness over my exile. Nothing surpasses my new identity of being born again to a living hope, with my citizenship transferred to heaven. (Philippians 3:20

I will forever be grateful to my Savior for rescuing me, and to a man named Philip for showing me the way to Him.

Foreigner to Native
A cardboard testimony from the author…

I loved entering into the mind and heart of the Ethiopian eunuch from Acts 8:26-39. His story takes up but a portion of only one chapter of the whole Bible and we are never given his name, but his story resonated with me. 

I, too, know the painful feeling of not belonging. 

From the time I was 12 until I was 19, I experienced one cross-country move and countless church changes. For a roots person such as myself, and someone who hates to be the unknown “new girl,” this period was torture. I’ve been the unknown girl more times than I care to count, but as I have grown in my walk with the Lord, I have come to understand something: no matter how known or unknown I am on this earth, the God of the universe deeply and intimately knows me and loves me still! 

I have sat at the table of Hope and been forever changed. I have felt what it is like to sit with the Savior and bask in His love and care, personalized just for me.

If I were to hold up a cardboard testimony of the first decades of my life, it would say: “From unknown to seen and deeply cared for.”

The same can be true for you if you turn to the One Who made, knows, and loves you deeply.

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2 months ago

Absolutely beautiful. Thank you for this picture in words of a man we seldom think of.

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