There’s a great story in the book of Acts about Peter dreaming of eating meat that he considered unclean. It’s followed by an encounter with a Gentile named Cornelius who doesn’t have any problem eating that same meat. What transpires is a classic case of missions.
Peter is summoned to Cornelius’ house. He goes. He is invited in. And the story doesn’t tell us that he eats anything, but it was a common custom for new guests to be served a meal, especially after a long journey.
There’s an old English phrase: “Duck out of water.” It means being in a situation that is uncomfortable and not natural. A duck’s natural habitat is water – they spend more time in the water then on land. When they walk on land they look funny, out of place. That’s exactly what Peter was experiencing.
Imagine Peter being invited to sit down at the dinner table. The family is so excited that THE Apostle Peter is sitting in their dining room. So, they serve their best meat, put it in front of Peter and what does he do? Waddles. He eats. It probably looked funny as he forced down this food that was unacceptable his entire life.
Are you ever in a situation where you waddle? You just feel out of place. I want to encourage you to embrace the duck in you. If you do, look at what might happen:
“As I began to speak, the Holy Spirit came on them as he had come on us at the beginning. Then I remembered what the Lord had said: ‘John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’ So if God gave them the same gift he gave us who believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I to think that I could stand in God’s way?” (Acts 11:15-17 NIV)
God wants to do amazing things through you the rest of this year. But it may require you to be a “duck out of water.”
Action: What are some areas in your life where you feel like a duck (maybe it’s your workplace, maybe it’s at the gym, maybe it’s in a classroom)? If you don’t have any, what could you do to discover a place where it’s just not that comfortable for you? Now, list some ways that you can live in those settings that might nudge people a little closer to God or relationship with you. Can’t wait to hear what you come up with!