Several times this summer while on my travels, I’ve picked a country road leading to the sea and followed it to the end just to see what was there, or I’ve picked a destination not knowing exactly what I would find.
It was nice not to have an agenda or a goal, other than to experience the journey and the people along the way. In our busy world it’s so easy to get completely caught up in doing things we have to do or want to accomplish. It’s refreshing to set out on a trip simply to experience the sights along the way, with no pressure to do anything in particular.
I imagine the disciples of Jesus had a similar experience. They were called from their routine, daily tasks and expectations to set out on the road with Jesus. They didn’t know where the road would lead them. They simply paid attention to him and to what was happening along the way. It was a huge act of faith.
The journey transformed them, as they accompanied Jesus on his own journey, as they absorbed his teachings and his way of interacting with the world around him. His agenda became their agenda. His journey became theirs. How is your life’s journey, your act of faith, transforming you into what you are called to be?
“As he walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon, who is 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 fish for people.’ Immediately they left their nets and followed him.” (Matthew 4:18)