God of the Awesome, God of the Everyday

Sea of Galilee

Sea of Galilee (Photo credit: Seetheholyland.net)

Now as Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers, Simon who was called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. And He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Immediately they left their nets and followed Him.

–Matthew 4:18-20, NAS

It was a familiar scene: Fishermen out on the sea, working hard. Laughter as they bring in the nets, straining with the catch. Birds wheeling in close, trying to sneak an easy meal.

And then came the Rabbi, calling the brothers to be His disciples.

They had heard John the Baptist call Him the Lamb of God; they had gone with Him to Cana and had seen the first of His miracles at a wedding there.

But now He was asking something more of Peter and Andrew: He was calling them to become His disciples–to follow Him, to hear His teachings so they could later share them with others; to be trained and to travel, to spend time and to serve. They were to become like Jesus, their Teacher.

Good jobs, family, home … a familiar way of life, and a plan that had been mapped out for them. Yet they left it all. They followed the One who called them.

They had seen one miracle: The changing of the water into wine. But were they ready for what they would see later?

They would see the fantastic–the blind given sight, the lepers healed, the withered hand stretched out and made whole!

And they would hear stories of the everyday–of farmers, brothers, flowers.

The fantastic and the familiar.

The awesome and the everyday.

He is Lord of both.

In the face of the miraculous, we find the minutiae of the everyday. The God who makes the spirit soar on the wings of the supernatural as He heals the sick, multiplies the food or sets the oppressed free whispers His truths among the wildflowers, the birds, the streams.

The God of the heavens is, after all, Emmanuel, God with us.

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