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Gone Fishing

Andreas F. Borchert (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/de/deed.en),

This is my work here, but I can’t do it alone.

I need you to come and help me, to share with me in all I need to do.

Will you come?  Let me teach you, show you, empower you?

This is my invitation, to come with me, work with me, be a part of what I am doing.

“Come with me” he said, and what could I do?

This wasn’t a day trip,
but a life change,
a journey to something new,
to be someone different,
to work with God.

“Come with me”,
the invitation remains.

He will make me what he needs me to be.

I come
willing to follow,
ready to learn learn,
with you.

Mark 1:14-20 (CEV)

Jesus Begins His Work

14 After John was arrested, Jesus went to Galilee and told the good news that comes from God. 15 He said, “The time has come! God’s kingdom will soon be here. Turn back to God and believe the good news!”

Jesus Chooses Four Fishermen

16 As Jesus was walking along the shore of Lake Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew. They were fishermen and were casting their nets into the lake.17 Jesus said to them, “Come with me! I will teach you how to bring in people instead of fish.” 18 Right then the two brothers dropped their nets and went with him.

19 Jesus walked on and soon saw James and John, the sons of Zebedee. They were in a boat, mending their nets. 20 At once Jesus asked them to come with him. They left their father in the boat with the hired workers and went with him.

A Safe Place

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O Lord,
I feel safe,
truly safe,
in you.

In you alone
do I find peace
and the strength to go on.

You are my safe place,
my strong place.

I come to you
with all that weighs me down,
the burdens I cannot
carry alone,
my brokenness
and pain,
and in you
I can breathe.

Here I sit,
in the safety of your shelter
and protection:
just sit
and wait

Psalm 62:5-12 (CEV)

Only God gives inward peace,
    and I depend on him.
God alone is the mighty rock
    that keeps me safe,
    and he is the fortress
    where I feel secure.
God saves me and honors me.
    He is that mighty rock
    where I find safety.

Trust God, my friends,
    and always tell him
each one of your concerns.
    God is our place of safety.

We humans are only a breath;
    none of us are truly great.
All of us together weigh less
    than a puff of air.
10 Don’t trust in violence
or depend on dishonesty
    or rely on great wealth.

11 I heard God say two things:
    “I am powerful,
12     and I am very kind.”
The Lord rewards each of us
    according to what we do.

Waiting to Hear

I tried, how I tried, to run away.

I heard your call, knew what you were asking me, but ran the other way.

I knew you needed me, but surely there was someone else, another person who could go and do what you were asking of me.  Someone just as qualified as me, if not more.  There were people waiting, needing to hear, but I chose to go a different way.  I just didn’t want to do what you were asking of me.

But despite that, you continued to call.  Your work for me did not change.  My opting out had not made the need go away. You were still willing to call me, equip me, use me.

So I went, did as you asked, followed your call – and the people heard and responded.  How wonderfully you worked, despite my reluctance and disobedience.  You didn’t cast me aside, or the people of Nineveh.  Your word was heard and lives were changed.

Jonah 3:1-5, 10 (GNT)

Jonah Obeys the Lord

Once again the Lord spoke to Jonah. He said, “Go to Nineveh, that great city, and proclaim to the people the message I have given you.” So Jonah obeyed the Lord and went to Nineveh, a city so large that it took three days to walk through it. Jonah started through the city, and after walking a whole day, he proclaimed, “In forty days Nineveh will be destroyed!”

The people of Nineveh believed God’s message. So they decided that everyone should fast, and all the people, from the greatest to the least, put on sackcloth to show that they had repented.

10 God saw what they did; he saw that they had given up their wicked behavior. So he changed his mind and did not punish them as he had said he would.

So, here I am Lord,
reluctant,
unsure,
really rather wanting not to;
but you continue to call me,
to invite me
to share in your work.

Here I am Lord.
Use me
I pray.
Despite my weaknesses
and fear;
may I work with you,
as you work in me;
because there are people
waiting to hear,
waiting to respond
as you long to reach out.