Fishing Smells

Friday, March 25, 2022

Scripture Resource Passage: Matthew 4

Imagine the smells of a fishing business. Doesn’t seem like a fragrance particularly aligning with God’s holiness. See the holy Presence. Raw sunburned hands, eyes squinting against the hard diamonds of the sun’s reflection from Galilee’s waters, then suddenly Jesus. “You guys. Yes, you. I want you.”

Listening for the Spirit and hearing God’s Voice calls for our response. Sometimes God’s voice speaks in the cool wind of a day. Sometimes God’s voice thunders from Sinai. One sunny afternoon God’s voice was an invitation to change fishing tactics.

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The voice came during a work-day. “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” (Matthew 4:18-19).

Working your daily routine is ordinary stuff. Does God interrupt ordinariness with the extraordinary?

We believe Jesus continues calling people from ordinariness to the extraordinary. Jesus calls and if we listen while responding with willingness, we can potentially become our true selves.

Life Applications

Do you find it difficult to discern God’s voice?

What is your pattern of behavior when seeking God’s voice?

What circumstances enhance your ability to discern the call of Jesus?

Did the responses of Peter and Andrew influence James and John (Matthew 4: 20-22)?

Do disciples sometimes fail to respond to God’s voice?

Thank you for reading. Comments and suggestions are always welcome.

Praying for Ukraine and the sadness of lives lost remains a priority.

Grace and peace to each of you.

Published by Andrew Simkins

Dr. Andrew Simkins provides spiritual direction for individuals and small groups through the regular blog posts found on this site. He resides in northwest Indiana with his beloved, along with nearby children and grandchildren who are the adornment of his life.

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