As he walked along the shore of the Lake of Galilee, he saw two fishermen, Simon and his brother Andrew, casting their nets into the water. “Come and follow Me, and I will teach you to catch men!” He cried.
At once they dropped their nets, and followed Him. Mark 1:16-18
And they dropped their nets. Which so do easily entangle us in this society that celebrates wealth, sex and violence, nay, worships these and the shimmering yet illusive power that they bring. For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to Him. Instead, their thoughts turned to worthless things, and their senseless hearts were darkened.
Come and follow Me, He cried over the din of every day busyness and routine. And they heard Him.
Why is it such a struggle to leave those stinky, heavy, twisted nets behind?
And this is my prayer, that I might live in this moment of immediate obedience. The still small voice that speaks Truth and Grace and Love. And while it is true that I do not know the end of each tale, there are certainly many markers piled high along the path that I have trod as memorials to Him Who has proven faithful time and time again.
Stacks of images, piled high in baskets, overflowing and spilling out onto the floor. Stories and smiles and eyes, mostly eyes, looking back at me.
When he had finished speaking, He said to Simon, “Push out now into deep water and let down your nets for a catch.” Simon replied, “Master! We’ve worked all night and never caught a thing, but if you say so, I’ll let the nets down.” And when they had done this, they caught an enormous shoal of fish—so big that the nets began to tear. So they signalled to their friends in the other boats to come and help them. They came and filled both the boats to sinking point. When Simon Peter saw this, he fell on his knees before Jesus and said, “Keep away from me, Lord, for I’m only a sinful man!” For he and his companions (including Zebedee’s sons, James and John, Simon’s partners) were staggered at the haul of fish that they had made. Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid, Simon. From now on your catch will be men.”
So they left everything and followed Him.
So be it.