There is a terrain traversed by each of us called between what was and what will be! The familiar ways of life fade into the distance and the ‘new normal’ has yet to take shape. We feel caught off-guard nearly every time we enter this place, and yet, it seems we live here more often than not.
Mark, in his inimitable style, simply says that after John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. “The time has come,” he said. “The Kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!” As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen.” “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.” At once they left their nets and followed him. (1:14-18)
There is definite discipline and understanding and routine for fishermen. There is a right time of day to fish. There is teamwork and relationships established so that the work goes without a hitch. When you work with someone, brother or other, for a long time in the same field, you pretty much know how the other person thinks and responds in a given situation. There is also the sharing of the proceeds of the work. This wasn’t pleasure fishing they were doing. This was their livelihood.
The familiar is a very comfortable place. No surprises please! However, when Jesus says “Come,” the familiar becomes a blur and the horizon is not defined. Isn’t it just like Jesus to ask us to walk in the present—to follow Him without regard for what we may have lost or what we might gain in the future? The journey is the important element when we walk with Him. He is the Enough for every day!
Interesting that the boys didn’t ask Jesus where He was going or how they were going to get there—at least not at this point. They had witnessed enough of Jesus’ work and had heard enough of His teaching to risk the unfamiliar.
What about us? Does the comfort of routine and knowledge and present relationships hold you back from following completely in the present? Does the fear of the unknown paralyze your feet? Hear again the gentle “Come” of Jesus to your own spirit. Follow without delay. It won’t be predictable but it will be worth every minute of your life!!!!