As Jesus passed alongside the Galilee Sea, he saw two brothers, Simon and Andrew, throwing fishing nets into the sea, for they were fishermen. “Come, follow me,” he said,“and I’ll show you how to fish for people.” – Mark 1:16-17
So I am at the Lay Servants Academy for the Virginia Conference and I was slated to teach a few classes including one on engaging youth and young adults and how to use Audio/Visual Technologies in the Church. However I was not slated to teach or lead any kind of discussion on Communion. This morning I had a break during the first mini-course session so I went to the classroom I was teaching in to finish my presentation and knock out some reading for seminary. However a little before 8 o’clock the leader of the Lay Servants Academy comes in on the phone with someone. When he hangs up the phone he asks me if I could help him. I asked him what it was and he said he needed me to sit in on a class because the professor was running late. I asked him what class and he said “This Holy Mystery” (In reference to Communion). My mind just stopped and I had to collect my thoughts. I began thinking back to my Intro to Worship class where we talked about sacramental theologies. My professor Dr. Carol Cook Moore kept telling us we need to have our theologies set so we are prepared for all the things we would encounter in church. However, little did I know I would encounter that now. I remembered to all I had written and studied on Communion and tried to pool it together. All of this happening in a matter of moments that I think back was a deer in the headlights kind of moment.
You know those moments when something just takes you by surprise and you have no idea how to respond. Yea that was me when I was asked to help lead this class for a little bit of time. It brings me back to this Bible verse and how Simon and Andrew felt when Jesus just walked up and asked them to follow him. I can see there faces now just confused on what is going on and thinking how can I do this. In this time it was not uncommon for people to follow rabbis, and rabbis had disciples who learned from them and followed them. However, these disciples were often younger kids who had just finished their schooling, and they had to be approved to follow a rabbi. Simon and Andrew were not approved by a rabbi and so had taken up the family trade of fishing and all of the sudden Jesus comes up and tells them to follow him. Very deer-in-the-headlights like. There are many of the stories in the Bible where God drops a bombshell and tells them to do something different than what they thought they were going to do.
This is the nature of God’s call. It is often something that stops us dead in our tracks and we become confused on what to do next. However we know that with Gods help the he will help us through. Its is often tough to get out of that trance, but when we know God is behind to give us the resources we need it can soften the blow.