“While Peter was wondering about the meaning of the vision, the men sent by Cornelius found out where [his] house was and stopped at the gate.” Acts 10:17
Peter had just had a vision where God told him that all of creation was pure. Had he not had that vision, he never would have entered Cornelius’ home and preach to the Gentiles. He and Paul would have never seen eye to eye about Paul’s ministry and the newly formed Church would have been split in conflict. But Peter didn’t know all of that. He was still pondering why he had this divine dream.
At times, God puts a thought in our hearts, or maybe even a vision. Do not be quick to interpret it. Scriputre does not say how long Peter was pondering the meaning. It may be implied that it wasn’t long. However, it was four days later that the begining of the unfolding of the meaning became clear. And that was through hearing another person’s witness. The rest of the unfolding followed Peter through the rest of his ministry.
When God taps on our hearts, He is about to prepare us for service. It is okay to wait for further instructons. It is perfectly fine to ask for confirmation. In His perfect timing, God shows His children how to use what He has taught them. Our job is to be open to the teaching and be ready to serve. Confirmation comes in all shapes and sizes, even from whre we would least expect it.
Dear Lord, I await eagerly for what You will prepare for me to do in order to spread the Word, lend a hand, or comfort a hurting soul. Like Mary your earthly mother and Peter your disciple, may I ponder Your teachings in my heart and be open to the waiting for them to come to fruition in Your perfect time. Amen.
‘I wait for the Lord, my soul waits and in his word I hope.” Psalm 130:5