"At that very moment he called them. They followed him, leaving their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired workers." (Mark 1:20 CEB)
How are you at coming "when called"? I could usually tell, by Dad's voice, how fast I needed to do something. I would answer, "when called," (especially if I hadn't heard him the first time and he was to my full name before I did hear him) but would also tell him "let me finish what I'm doing then I'll come." Now, as Caregivers (and parents!!), we can also tell when we need to answer "immediately!" As for my personal call into the ministry I can tell you, like I've told anyone who asks, I describe it as "God is on the answering machine." I knew God was calling me to more - I just wasn't ready to answer yet.
This reading, in the Gospel, is a continuation of Jesus calling his Disciples to come with him in ministry. He is saying "and I will send you out to fish for people." (v. 17 NIT) In the readings he is talking to Simon, Andrew, James and John all of whom were in the family fishing business. They were all probably busy too(!) with families to take care of as well as the jobs they were already doing. All four men went with Jesus "at that very moment." The only explanation some of them got was "I will send you out to fish for people."
We, as caregivers, are already following where God is leading - taking care of "our people." My question is -- what else is God calling us to? How is God asking us to do "more"? Is our answer, like I did with my Dad, "let me finish what I'm doing"? Can we, like the Disciples, follow where God is leading?
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