Part 2: Converging signs
Acts 10:17 – “Now while Peter was greatly perplexed in mind as to what the vision which he had seen might be, behold, the men who had been sent by Cornelius, having asked directions for Simon’s house, appeared at the gate;”
Ever have one of those moments when you and a friend show up in the same place at the same time? You just know it’s more than a coincidence. It is a connection planned by God.
Before Peter went to the roof to pray, the Holy Spirit was already at work. An angel had been dispatched to Caesarea to give Cornelius a message. God was converging two spheres that had previously been in parallel orbits.
The angel sent to Cornelius had a specific message: “Send for Simon.” As a Gentile, Cornelius knew the name “Simon” was Jewish. He knew it was improper for a Jew to enter the home of a Gentile. Cornelius was taking a risk. Like Peter, he was stepping out on a word that was incongruent with what he had been taught.
God repeated the vision to Peter until Peter started to suspect something more was happening. The Spirit was pointing to something greater than the immediate meaning, more than just eating habits. “Now” the men from Caesarea arrive, coinciding with Holy Spirit’s visitation to Peter. Two parallel paths, two parallel words, connect—opposites attract.
God sent parallel messages in order to unify what had previously been separated, to write a new chapter in the ministry of reconciliation between God and humanity. The collective “yes” from Peter and Cornelius brought forth a new wineskin. These men did not fully understand what was about to happen. They just knew they wanted to follow God, even when it got uncomfortable.
Peter had already learned this lesson with Jesus. Jesus doesn’t always make sense when He’s transforming your mind. It can get messy before it gets clear. Peter had learned to take a risk where he felt the presence of the Spirit, and on the rooftop it was happening again.
Like pieces of a puzzle, each smaller picture fits into place, creating a bigger picture. What once was scattered is now connected, divinely fitted. The Spirit is moving and He is drawing together. When God is doing a new thing, it is important to follow the signs.