Contrary to what some might think, my favorite part of today's reading is NOT the story of Saul's conversion...though I do confess to an increasing appreciation for that story, thanks to a friend I met a few years ago who has, in just these few years, become one of my favorite Bible teachers.
My favorite portion of today's reading is that of Philip teaching the Ethiopian eunuch. The Spirit tells Philip to stay near a chariot, where the eunuch happens to be reading from the best chapter in all the book of Isaiah:
"He was led like a sheep to the slaughter, and as a lamb before the shearer is silent, so he did not open his mouth. In his humiliation he was deprived of justice. Who can speak of his descendants? For his life was taken from the earth."
From this very passage of Scripture, Philip is able to teach the eunuch about Jesus. As a person who just absolutely loves to learn, I admire the eunuch's teachability. When Philip asks him, "Do you understand what you are reading?" he openly responds, "How can I, unless someone explains it to me?" and he invites Philip to teach him.
May I always be so willing.