Welcome back! Grab your cup for some exciting grace today.
Peter has escaped from prison with the help of an angel who guided him out of jail and into the city before leaving him. Then, Peter goes straight to Mary’s house, where a group has been praying for him. Now, here’s the ultimate knock knock joke as performed by our dear girl, Rhoda.
“Peter knocked at the outer entrance, and a servant girl named Rhoda came to answer the door. When she recognized Peter’s voice, she was so overjoyed she ran back without opening it and exclaimed, ‘Peter is at the door!’ ” (Acts 12:13,14)
Yup, she just leaves Peter hanging out at the door. I love that girl. I mean, who does that? An overexcited girl who just got an audible glimpse of the miracle they’ve spent the night praying for, that’s who.
Rhoda is excited. Super excited. So excited she can’t think clearly. When was the last time you were so excited about what God was doing in your life that you couldn’t think clearly? When was the last time that you prayed expectantly and when God answered your prayer, your very next action was to run and tell everyone? That is the kind of excited joy I want!
Rhoda had only heard his voice and that was enough of an answer to prayer to make her crazy excited. It was a peek at the miracle.
My sister-in-law used to say, “Get EXCITED!” And I love that. I think we need to GET EXCITED! Become expectant of God’s amazing works and miracles and GET EXCITED! It’ll lift your spirit, your faith, and it’ll make you want to run and share the good news. That’s why Rhoda left Peter there. She GOT EXCITED that she ran to tell everyone the good news!
We need to get excited. God is good! We need to be overjoyed. God is GREAT! Think of the blessings in your life and try not to get excited by what God’s done. I’m talking the kind of lose your mind, forget normal reactions, and run to tell someone excited. Maybe they’ll get excited with you…or maybe they’ll think you’re crazy. When you can see God at work in your life, that’s exciting stuff.
“She ran back without opening it (the door) and exclaimed, ‘Peter is at the door!'” (Acts 12:14) So, leaving Peter standing at the door, Rhoda is off to tell everyone the good…the amazingly exciting news.
And their response? Well, it might surprise you…