Acts 12:13,14 – When he knocked at the door of the gate, a slave woman named Rhoda came to answer. When she recognized Peter’s voice, because of her joy she did not open the gate, but ran in and announced that Peter was standing in front of the gate.
This story smacks of that old saying, “this is just too good to be true”. The first instance of this was Peter himself in this narrative. Peter had gone to sleep chained between two soldiers in a jail cell. The next thing he knows he was following an angel down the street with no shackles, soldiers or jail. It took Peter a minute to get it, this was just too good to be true, but it was true, he was actually free. He thought he was having a dream or a vision when he came to himself. “I am not going to be executed, not today”, Peter thought. Peter was free and headed to see his friends.
When Peter got to the house where all of his friends had been praying for his release, no one believed the young girl that answered the door to Peter’s knocking. Why not? It’s not possible that Peter is free, that is just too good to be true. Here is how Maclaren describes this scene.
“And although the petitions in this case were intense and fervent, as the original tells us, and had been kept up all night long, and although their earnestness and worthiness are guaranteed by the fact that they were answered, yet when the veritable Peter, in flesh and blood, stood before the door, the suppliants first said to the poor girl, ‘Thou art mad,’ and then, ‘It is his angel! It cannot be he.’ Nobody seems to have thought of going to the door to see whether it was he or not, but they went on arguing with Rhoda as to whether she was right or wrong.”
Maybe you have been praying for something very dear to you for a long time and maybe you are at a place that you don’t really think the prayer will ever be answered. Now you would never admit that and would even deny it vehemently but I have a feeling if your answered prayer was knocking at your door you may not even answer the door. Maybe your prayer is being answered and the answer is right under your nose. Go ahead and answer the door, this too good to be true thing may actually suddenly come to pass.