Posted by: amylamb | April 5, 2013

At Once, They Left

It was just an ordinary day in the little town by the seashore. A soft breeze occasionally blew through, rippling the water across the sea and providing welcome respite from the unrelenting Middle Eastern sun. Two fishermen stood on the shore, the sand drawn out from beneath their feet by the tide lapping between their toes.  One fisherman wiped the sweat from his brow while the other cast his net into the sea, anxiously hoping that this one, perhaps, will return full so they could rest their aching backs until the tide comes in once more.

They glanced down the shoreline and caught a glimpse of a man approaching, his image blurred by the distance between them. As he came nearer, his image enlarged and became clearer. The fishermen continued casting their nets, unaware that the normalcy of their daily routine was about to be interrupted — forever.

“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 send you out to fish for people” (Mark 1:16-17).

There wasn’t any pomp and circumstance, or even an elaborate interview — just a simple invitation to two ordinary men.

They didn’t know where he would lead them, but there wasn’t time to wait. Jesus was still walking — still moving into the purpose for which he came to earth. Thoughts of loved ones, responsibilities, and even fearful excuses flashed through the fishermen’s minds like sudden bursts of lightning. But yet, their eyes locked and they knew they were compelled.

“At once they left their nets and followed him” (Mark 1:18).

The nets that represented their livelihood slipped off their calloused hands and onto the ground beneath. They turned, and with normalcy behind them and the unknown before them, they followed.

At once, they left. At once, they stepped away from the boats that embodied the comfort and predictability of home to them. At once, they stepped into a relationship with a man who would change their lives and even their eternity. At once, they became two of the first who would “turn the world upside down” (Acts 17).

Even while we cast our nets, he comes. He invites us to follow him to a place that he will show us … as we go. After all, the greatest adventures begin without a destination in mind, for that — like the image of the Messiah coming toward us along the seashore — becomes clearer as we grow closer.

As we follow, we grow closer to the journey’s reward. Though joys and sorrows alike are encountered along the way, the true reward is none else than knowing Jesus.

“Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love” (Ephesians 5:1).



  1. Hi Amy!

    Is it too late to reserve a place Friday at the cabin? If so that is ok. I have other places but just sensed God saying to ask.

    Love Nancy

    Sent from my iPhone

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