This photo was taken in the ancient Mediterranean port city of Joppa, just south of Tel Aviv. If you look closely enough, you should be able to make out the name ‘Simon’ above the door. Allegedly that’s the door to the house of Simon the Tanner, host to Simon Peter in Acts.
It was on the roof of the house that Simon Peter had his vision of a sheet with all kinds of animals, accompanied by the command to eat. The vision was challenging and the experience confusing, though things started to fall into place when Simon travelled to Caesarea with three men who had arrived at his door, sent by Cornelius, a Roman centurion.
(It’s fascinating to note that Joppa was also the setting for the story of another of God’s messengers, Jonah, who attempted to run away from his assignment.)
- The vision of the animals along with the arrival of the three men marked a turning point for Peter that resulted in him being part of the spread of the Gospel to the Gentiles.
- Just as Moses’ encounter with God on the edge of the Midianite desert proved to be the turning point that propelled him into his life’s great leadership task.
- Just as Isaiah’s vision of the searing holiness of God in the Temple set the scene for his prophetic ministry.
- Just as Nehemiah’s enquiry of his brother about the state of Jerusalem resulted in a state of such divine discontent that he ended up being God’s man for the restoration of the city.
- Just as Esther’s selection in the court of the king paved the way for the rescue of her jewish people.
What might God be doing in your life today to prepare you for what he is going to do through you tomorrow?