Follow Me

Matthew 4:18... (NIV): "As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were 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. At once they left their nets and followed him. Going on from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John. They were in a boat with their father Zebedee, preparing their nets. Jesus called them, and immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him."

What are you doing today? Do you have time to see me? Check your calendar and find some time to get together. Sorry, I only have 30 minutes... I might be available next Thursday around 2:30...

We plan our lives around our calendars. Play dates and lunches, meetings and walks, dinners and seminars, webinars, classes and conferences. We gotta get all our appointments on the books so we know where we are going each day.

Jesus didn't ask Peter, Andrew, James or John what they had planned for the day. Jesus doesn't care about our calendar. Jesus didn't ask for their fishing license to see if it was paid for and current. He doesn't care about our credentials. He doesn't care about our continuing ed credits, how many degrees are tacked to the wall, or how much experience we have.

When I went to Nicaragua, I didn't know what credentials I had to give, but I kept hearing the call to come. I had the time. During our first day together, Founder of Love, Light and Melody, Brad Corrigan, reminded us to empty ourselves of every preconceived notion of what Jesus was calling us to do. If we are not empty, we cannot be filled up. We prayed for divine appointments. We were in the right place to provide transportation to a family to attend a memorial service for a relative. We were welcomed with open arms into the abandoned Italian Embassy and shared fried chicken with a family and their 7 kids who don't know where daily meals will come from. We provided energy bars to kids that were seeking nourishment for today. We ran and played with kids that have so much love in their hearts because they are safe from harm. We had many divine appointments.

I arrived empty and I returned full. Full of such love that cannot be described in words.

Dear Jesus, Empty my appointment book. Rid me of my pretenses about my credentials. Open me up to divine appointments today and I will follow you. Without question. Amen.

Carole Schumacher

1 comment (Add your own)

1. Stive wrote:
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Tue, July 10, 2012 @ 7:27 AM

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