Imagine yourself now in a chariot on the road to Gaza (Acts 8:26–40). An apostle named Philip runs alongside you, listening to you and to what you are reading. He helps you to interpret and to understand recent events and future possibilities. Transformation happens when people help us open our hearts to the Spirit. Or you are on the road from Jerusalem to Jericho (Luke 10:25–37). There you have been attacked by muggers and left for dead by the side of the road. A Samaritan notices you, shows compassion, binds your wounds, and sees to your care. Your life is transformed through the compassion and generosity of others. Or perhaps, like the prodigal, you are on the road home (Luke 15:11–32). Think of all of the roads that transform in scripture and that have transformed you.
This excerpt is from “On the Road” by Bev Stratton, which ran in the September 2014 issue of Gather magazine.