the water boils, catching the tea post just before the whistle.
i pour the water over the tea bag–vanilla caramel, by the way.
and i wait…

…steep…
…steep…
…steep…

and i laugh. so many words spent over a lifetime telling kids to stop eating things off the ground—and we pour water over crushed leaves and call it a tasty beverage.

it makes me wonder
what else we are calling dirt, inedible,
that is really just a tasty beverage in an unexpected wrapper.

“And a voice came to him, ‘Rise, Peter; kill and eat.’ But Peter said, ‘Not so, Lord! For I have never eaten anything common or unclean!'” –Acts 10:13-14, NKJV

Just like Peter, we balk at what we have considered unclean. To Peter’s credit, God called these things unclean as well. But as the very Lord who created the original command gave Peter a new vision of the kingdom of God, Peter’s training over-rode God’s direction.

I wonder how many people we have turned away
because our training said they were unclean.

I wonder how many miracles we have missed.
I wonder…

Remember the resolution to this piece of Peter’s experience:

“And a voice spoke to him again a second time, ‘What God has cleansed, you must not call common.'” –Acts 10:15, NKJV

“Then Peter opened his mouth and said, ‘In truth, I perceive that God shows no partiality. But in every nation, whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him… While Peter was speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who heard the word. And those of the circumcision who believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the Gentiles also. For they heard them speak with tongues and magnify God. –Acts 10:34-35, 44-46, NKJV

Peter obeyed when God told him to go. Peter obeyed when God called the Gentiles clean. And because Peter obeyed, and took steps in areas that he, himself, called unclean, the God of Israel was magnified, and Peter’s posse witnessed a miracle.

God poured His Spirit out on the unclean, in the presence of the chosen, that all may become His children. Who are you to deny the same to another?

What God has called clean, no longer call unclean.

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