“One day as Jesus was walking along the shore of the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers—Simon, also called Peter, and Andrew—throwing a net into the water, for they fished for a living. Jesus called out to them, ‘Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people!’ And they left their nets at once and followed him.
A little farther up the shore he saw two other brothers, James and John, sitting in a boat with their father, Zebedee, repairing their nets. And he called them to come, too. They immediately followed him, leaving the boat and their father behind.” –Matthew 4:19-22 (Emphasis mine)
It’s a familiar story.
I’ve read the verses many, many times.
But then I read them one more time and suddenly it hit me differently.
It’s not that I saw something different–it’s that I felt something different.
And what I felt when I recently reread these familiar verses is simple–I felt longing.
I felt a longing to return to simplicity.
I felt a longing to return to the simplicity of simply following Him …
Wherever He goes.
Whenever He calls.
Whatever it costs.
Whatever needs to be left behind.
With no agenda.
With no higher priority.
With no excuses.
But I also felt something else …
I felt hope.
Because when He does call.
When He beckons.
When He draws you to Himself.
There is always grace to act on His words.
So that’s what I’m going to do.
I’m going to watch.
I’m going to wait.
I’m going to listen.
And when He does call again (and He always does) …
I’m going to simply follow.
What about you?
Is it time to return to simplicity?
Is it time to return to the simplicity of simply following Him?