We, along with half the country, got a COVID dog. He is some kind of white lab mix and is now one year old and full of himself. Luke (Star Wars reference fully intended) is a pretty good dog, but he must have some retriever in him because his sniffer is always on high alert, and he eats anything. Seriously, he always has something strange in his mouth. Rocks, frogs, nails, socks, but his favorite is black mulch. My poor choice in landscaping sometimes has him looking like the lead in The Rocky Horror Picture Show. The number of times I tell Luke, “Drop it!” seems to increase by the day. I feel like a broken record, but it is for his own good.
This week, he was investigating, sniffing, and I’m pretty sure tasting something hopping about in the rainstorm, and as I yelled at him from the porch, God connected this concept of “Drop it!” with the first stories of Peter James and John. All were fishermen that Jesus asked to follow Him.
“While Jesus was walking along the shore of Lake Galilee, he saw two brothers. One was Simon, also known as Peter, and the other was Andrew. They were fishermen, and they were casting their net into the lake. Jesus said to them, “Follow me! I will teach you how to bring in people instead of fish.” Right then the two brothers dropped their nets and went with him.
Jesus walked on until he saw James and John, the sons of Zebedee. They were in a boat with their father, mending their nets. Jesus asked them to come with him. At once they left the boat and their father and went with Jesus. Mark 1.16-20; Luke 5.1-11 CEV
It is really hard to comprehend what Jesus asked the disciples to do. He asked them to leave their income, way of life, and identity and follow him. The ramifications of this were enormous. But what they got to experience was even bigger. Isn’t that often the case still in our lives today. We generally have to put something down that’s big to receive something even bigger…and better.
This brings about some important questions.
Is there something in our identity that needs to be exchanged for something that looks more like Jesus?
When facing uncertainty, do you rely upon your career, family, heritage, economics, or social status to be your safety net?
These men literally and figuratively were playing without a net. Would you be able to walk away from what Jesus asked you to?
I’m not sure how I would manage this, but what I do know is that my God is for me. His plans for me are good, and he lets me warm up to His ideas most of the time. He is a loving father, not a taskmaster, making the decisions on what to drop easier and obedience more a natural part of my daily rhythm. Change is in the air. The rest of the year should be interesting! We will get through this together!
In His service and at yours!