Something about this overly excited young girl makes me giggle. Perhaps it’s that I see a bit of myself in her character. A few things stick out to me most when reading this story of young Rhoda.
First, the uncontainable elation that bursts from her upon hearing Peter’s voice at the door, after having been praying on end for a miracle on his behalf, that she completely forgets to let him in. Instead, she rushes off to share about this amazing good news to everyone else. She receives the answer that she and the others have been praying for, literally in the flesh, and then jumps ahead instead of giving the answered prayer her immediate attention. This has ME written all over it!
I do this way too often. Receive something from the Lord and then rather than focus on the task at hand of what comes next, I tend to jump ahead, wanting to sing from the rooftops about what the Lord just gave me or has just done. While this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, to desire to share His goodness, there’s an order we must follow. That’s being tuned into what the Lord is saying and moving in His order. While Rhoda’s excitement over the answered prayer is awesome and it is in deed to be celebrated, she lost her focus. Girl, LET THE MAN IN THE DOOR!!!! That’s what was suppose to happen next, THEN go bouncing off the walls to tell everyone else the news. Had she let him in, she wouldn’t have had to so adamantly argue with the others that he was actually there; they would’ve seen it themselves.
How true is that in our own lives? I know I’m so guilty of this. I jump ahead of God on something that He has undoubtedly given me, but only I know about it and sometimes will try to adamantly convince others or even myself that it was in fact from Him, all because I allowed my excitement to lead me rather than wisdom. However, if I were to follow the right order, I wouldn’t have to convince anyone or myself, the proof is in the pudding, and everyone can see it too when I stay focused.
Second, and on the flip side of her adamant arguing, I have to give this girl props! She’s young and the others clearly doubt her, probably because she is so young and to them, even naïve. (Ok, so she is a little naïve given the fact that she left Peter standing at the gate outside, as a wanted fugitive. But we’re giving her grace and moving on.) This doesn’t change what she KNOWS she experienced, and she wasn’t about to let anyone else tell her otherwise or cause her to question her faith in it. It makes me think of this verse:
“Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity.” 1 Timothy 4:12
She, along with the others, had been praying endlessly for a miracle and her innocent young heart had the faith to believe for that miracle as well. How beautiful is it that the Lord chose to first reveal His answer to these believers’ prayers, to little Rhoda? Her tenacity and unwavering faith to believe that God would come through for them and then her exploding excitement when He did should inspire us all! This is how we should respond when God answers our prayers.
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Your Turn: Have you been excited like Rhoda or are you silently praising God to yourself when He answers? Does this give you thought about how to respond the next time God answers your prayers? We would love to hear from you in the Reply below. ~ Heather