Doodling Through Luke 4 and 5
Maybe I'm the only one in this world who's quoted John Lennon in their journaling Bible, but I'd like to think that I'm not. John (we're totally on a first-name basis) may not be your typical Christian-quote-worthy guy, but you must admit that he had some wisdom. I mean, come on.
Take these words for example, which, when heard by me -- a wife and mom who quit her fine-paying, very decent job after seven years, sold almost everything, packed the rest up, and moved with her husband and child across the world to be a missionary and to live off of other people's generosity -- hit right there at the center of my heart and my life:
No, I'm not just sitting here watching shadows on the wall, or watching the wheels go 'round and 'round, but to some, I may as well be, and when I read Luke 4:43, that song came into my head and would not go away, true to song-in-the-head form.
I kept reading.
The song kept playing in my head.
Then I read the story of Jesus calling the first disciples, a story I've read and worn for years, but this time, I read it with John Lennon's song playing in my head. Luke 5:5 stopped me in my tracks. Simon Peter thinks it's crazy -- putting nets back into the water after trying to catch fish all night long to no avail. Putting nets back into the water surely won't do any good, he thinks, but Simon Peter also knows in his heart who Jesus is, and he knows that Jesus isn't crazy, so Peter says, "It sounds crazy to me and it will seem crazy to others, but at your word I will." (slight paraphrase)
And this is our calling -- our shared calling -- to follow him at his word, because it is His Word.
At your word, I will quit my job, leave family and friends and comfort, and move overseas.
At your word, I will lead a small group.
At your word, I will start that business.
At your word, I will do everything I can to adopt that child.
At your word, I will unashamedly tell my friends about Jesus.
At your word, I will stay exactly where I am, in faith that this is where you want me to be.
At your word, I will (fill in the blank).
And not only can we look at Jesus's disciples -- and many others in this world -- as examples of what it looks like to literally -- or spiritually -- follow Jesus, we should also note that it tells us in the Gospels that the disciples did not hesitate. They stopped mid-action, mid-sentence, mid-net-collecting, and followed, because they knew in their hearts it was Him calling them.
Because it doesn't matter if it seems crazy to you or to me, or to the rest of the world. If it's coming from God, responding with a resounding (or a nervous) YES, OKAY! is the best choice you'll ever make.
Where, or what, is God calling you to today? How will you respond?