"And He said to them, come after me, follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
I am late. There has been so much going on recently between my job and the house due to this pandemic. I think I've been in limbo. I've been just reaching out enough to save my sanity these last couple of weeks. But, nonetheless, you are all on my mind. I just had to regroup, redirect and move onto another highway.
I thoroughly enjoy doing this blog, but it is a labor of love. Many of us writers out there want to share our innate love of research and story telling. We are subconsciously drawn to the art personal blogging. But, even though we place "donate" buttons on our sites, the revenues are slim because most internet user have everything at their fingertips for free. So when economic disaster hits, we look to other avenues to support our families.
And we get lazy wondering if anyone out there appreciates our work:)
Peter, Andrew, James, John, and the other disciples were greatly honored. They were chosen to be the ultimate 12. These men would be the ones to learn from Jesus and then carry the Gospel to the world. What is interesting is that they were all very busy like the rest of us. They had lives, families, and businesses to take care of. With not warning at all, Jesus showed up and said, "Follow Me."
The Bible states that Peter and Andrew were casting their nets into the sea when Jesus called them. The put their nets down in the middle of a task followed him (Matthew 4:18 - 21). What an interruption! He didn't give them time to pray about it, talk to their wives, ask their kids. He just looked and said, "Follow Me." And that's just what they did.
It's funny. Today we'd ask "How Long?" That didn't occur to either of them. They didn't ask, "How much will you pay?" "Are there any benefits, paid sick leave, or vacation?" They didn't even ask about the accommodations on the road. And get this, they didn't even ask the job description! Furthermore, they left everything. Just laid it all out on the ground and got up and walked after Him. Today when I read this, it still amazes me.
For me this hits home because lately I've been procrastinating. Each day God nudges me saying, "You really need to get on that computer and reach out to my people." I know this innately. I know he wants many of us writers to reach out to their own audience with no questions asked. Before I begin to write I pray, "Lord, please guide my fingers to type what you need your people to hear." Amazingly, just like that I'm done in 20 minutes. My fingers fly across the keys spreading love and warmth to those who are out there.
King Solomon said if we wait for all conditions to be favorable before we sow, we will never reap (ECCl. 11:4). In other words, we must give and obey God when it is not convenient and even when it is costly if we want to reap our reward.
I see that today. That's why I'm here late in the week after a long day at work. This is my calling. What's yours?
This Week's Meditation:
Teach me to "be available always."
Help me to meditate: I know if everything is out of sorts you are still guiding me.
Teach me to be patient and know you will mentor me.
Remind me that I need your help first.
Meditate on this for several minutes a day. Allow various thoughts to come into your mind. And realize God has you in his arms always.