Now as He walked by the sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and
Andrew his brother casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers.
And Jesus said unto them, Come ye after Me, and I will make you to
become fishers of men.
And straightway they forsook their nets, and followed Him.
Simon and Andrew dropped what they were doing and followed
Jesus - as He told them to do.
Did they follow Him becasue He cast a spell over them?
I don't think so - but I wasn't there. Maybe He did.
I believe that Simon and Andrew followed Jesus because they
just knew - that it was the Right Thing To Do.
In my Faith Journey - which I consciously Believe started about 25
years ago - I have done the same thing over and over. Although
in retrospect - I see now that my Faith Journey began when I was
born. And furthermore - I Believe that my Faith Journey began
even before that - although I cannot remember where or when.
Which is to say - that I 'forsook my net' and followed the same
compelling 'force' these Fishermen did.
But along the Way I have stumbled and doubted - and I have tried to
ignore this Compelling Force - to no avail.
Now more recently - I have made a Conscious Choice - to follow this
Compelling Force - for the rest of my Life.
That Choice - to Follow the Force - is based on my Faith in Him - and
my Faith is based on my experiences of Doubt and Stumbling - and having
been - as I like to put it - dangled over the edge time and time again - and
then having been pulled - to my great relief - back to safety.
I'm in This for the long haul - and nothing can change my mind.