Immediately they left their nets and followed him. -Matthew 4:20
Recently, I have been obsessed with this verse. I constantly wonder where God is calling me. Is it Africa? Mexico? Is it adopting Asian babies? Is it writing? Is he calling me to be a missionary in marriage ministry, women’s ministry, to feed the homeless, Haiti? Suddenly, God told me! He is calling me to follow Him.
As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Peter and Andrew. They were casting their net into the sea, as they were fishermen. “Come follow me…” Jesus said…At once they left their nets and followed him. (Matthew 4:18-20)
He is calling me to follow Him. He will make my paths straight. He is leading me by still waters to simply follow Him! “Duh! Of course, He is calling me to follow Him.” Honestly, this is so profound for me. This was such an A-HA moment, as well as another moment of surrender. I want to drop my nets and follow Him. I shared my A-HA/God moment with my sister. Her insight was also profound and eye opening…I am like a dog.
This was her response, when I shared my story with her:
“I feel like you are Ralph (my nephew’s dog).” When my nephew says 'sit' and just leaves him, Ralph just stands at attention. Occasionally, he’ll lay down before my nephew even says lay down or he’ll start to do another trick thinking that’s what he wants him to do. He whines a little, just eager and waiting. Sometimes my nephew makes him sit and stay extra-long because Ralph is behaving that way. Then when my nephew says, “Come'” you can just see Ralph totally relax when he finally realizes what he is supposed to do and he is so happy to just walk with him.”
I am Ralph the dog. Eager to please my Master, jumping ahead, sitting before He calls me to, chasing my tail in distraction, running when He says stay…and then somehow, He adjusts my focus and says, “Come.”
The amazing thing is, Christ loves me as I walk with Him. He loves me despite my clumsy and distracted self. He still calls me to Himself. “The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.” –Psalm 23:1. I lack absolutely nothing. He loves me more than I could ever dream or imagine. I am not sure if you too are a dog (or clumsy, distracted, or a mess) like me. Wherever you are, you are loved. You are loved more than you could ever dream or imagine.
And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. -Ephesians 3:18