There’s a story about Jesus and one of his disciples that has recently come to life for me in a different way. It’s the story that’s found in Luke 5: 1-11. I love this story; especially now. In this story, Jesus calls Peter, a hard working fisherman. If you haven’t read the story, the neat part is that Peter fished all night long and caught nothing. How frustrating, right?! It’s early morning and Jesus asks them if he can use their boat to stand and teach out of. Peter obliges Jesus, probably out of respect.
The next part is so good! Jesus, after making a point to the crowd, turns to Peter and says, “Throw your nets back in.” Peter, for sure annoyed, ends up doing it. He’s probably thinking that Jesus is about to make a fool of himself. Then, the nets somehow catch so many fish in an instant that the boat starts sinking. It’s a miracle and one that causes Peter to fall on his knees before Jesus and follow him.
Why I love this story…
Here’s why I love this story even more in this current season. During Sara, Callianne and I’s transition that we are right in the middle of, moving to California, we feel Jesus is showing off for us just the same as he did for Peter. Truthfully, we feel like he’s sinking our boat in miraculous events to make this transition possible.
Moving from the Midwest to one of the most expensive places in the US to live was something we knew would have to be a road paved by God. Through this entire experience, he has paved the way. It hasn’t been easy, but it has been good. From the support we’ve received, to selling our house above asking, to selling a vehicle in 6 hours, to the generosity of the church I’m going to be serving, to even the little things lining up we just sit back and feel like Jesus is sinking our ship in blessings.
Back in March of 2020 I began to feel like I just needed to regroup and refocus my life. It was my last year in my 20’s and I wanted to make sure my 30’s were marked by ONE thing = stay faithful. That’s it; I just wanted to be faithful to Jesus, to my calling and my assignment. Little did I know this meant a move across the country, but that’s what happened.
When I think about the legacy I want to leave, it includes being faithful. No matter what. And, letting God show off. It doesn’t mean it’ll be easy but it does mean that God’s behind what my family does and that’s a good place to be. I know hard seasons will come in my new job, and when they do I don’t have to call out to God and say “I have a problem.” Now, I can call out to God and say, “WE have a problem” because He was behind this whole ordeal. For me, that’s the sweet spot. I’ve placed myself in positions before of my own doing and expected God to bail me out. This time, it’s Jesus’ leading that’s bringing us to So-Cal.
That’s what I feel Jesus is showing me right now. It’s amazing how stories from Scripture still come to life even today in new ways. I’m looking forward to sharing more of these moments with you. If you’re reading this, I would wish you 3 things for right now:
- Stay faithful
- Stay curious
- Stay hungry