In the book of Acts, Philip is one of the guys chosen to help with food distribution among the disciples in Jerusalem (see Acts 6:1-6). Just a short time later a great persecution began and most of the disciples were scattered.
It was during this dispersion that Philip was directed to, “Rise and go toward the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza” (Acts 8:26). There he encountered a man who was reading from Isaiah, the prophet. Philip inquired whether the man understood what he was reading. The man responded that he didn’t understand since he had no one to explain it.
I love the “coincidences” that God sets up. The man happened to be reading, “Like a sheep he was led to the slaughter, and like a lamb before its shearer is silent, so he opens not his mouth…”
Philip could not have asked for a better opportunity to share the gospel. It was wide open door that the Lord had set up.
I have to wonder how frequently we miss “coincidences” in our lives today. Maybe if we make a point to watch for them, we’ll see them more frequently.