“Send to Joppa for Simon who is called Peter. He is a guest in the home of Simon the tanner, who lives by the sea.”
There was a day in history when a man of God ran away to Joppa because he denied the call of God on his life. His name was Jonah and he didn’t make it to Joppa!
Here we are today and we are reminded of another man of God, Peter, again known as a denier, staying in Joppa after being used of God with the gospel and especially in the miraculous resurrection of Dorcas.
Jonah the Dove refused to go to the Ninevites with the gospel and headed to Joppa.
Simon the Rock was prejudiced against the Gentiles until God changed him and he left Joppa to go to the Italian family.
Jonah headed out to sea and hit the biggest storm of his life.
Simon stayed by the sea not realising God was about to tip his world upside down.
Which shows that though you may share similar experiences, you can change the story of your life. You don’t have to be swallowed by a fish to put you back on course, you can go to a beautiful place (the meaning of the name Joppa) for better reasons.