What?

The purpose of this blog is truly quite simple:

To be, in essence, a creative outlet for my random thoughts and musings, but more importantly, a resource for whoever reads it to keep up with what God is doing with and through me while I am away.

That was simple enough, so I will go on and attempt to explain the symbolism I have tried to incorporate into the title and design. Just bear with me, because this might get choppy.

“Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.” – Matthew 4:19

To fish, you have to have water right?

Just checking.

And what better place to fish than the largest and most beautiful body of water in Israel: The sea of Galilee.

Its dark blue waters framed with green and brown hills shed light on the ancient rabbinical saying that, “The Lord has created seven seas, but the Sea of Galilee is his delight.”

The Jews were not seafarers; they were desert nomads.  Their father, Abraham, was a shepherd all his life. At one point, the Israelites roamed the desert for 40 years before coming to rest in the Promised Land.So to a person with an eastern/nomadic mindset, water often represents life True and abundant life. The lifeJesus promises when he says:

“whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” – John 4:13

But water as we know it often has other forms and connotations.

The sea in general has a negative depiction throughout the Bible.  It might have appeared alien and threatening partly  because of the Israelite’s nomadic background. For example, in (Genesis 1:2), the beginning of the world is described as watery chaos, a primeval sea, from which God brought order.

SO

Flowing, sparkling, living water symbolizes life, whereas deep, turbulent, dark water represents a form of evil well known by the fishermen that Jesus called to follow him.

STORMS

The sea’s location below the Golan heights makes it vulnerable to sudden and violent storms as the wind comes over these mountains and drops suddenly onto the sea.  The cold wind, which is heavier, drops as the warm air rises. This sudden change can produce surprisingly furious storms in a short time, as it did in Jesus‘ day (Matthew 8:24)

Yet the depths of the sea hold no fear for Jesus; the one who calmed them (Mark 4and walked upon them (Matthew 14).  So when Jesus demonstrates his power over the abyss, his disciples are amazed and terrified and cannot help but to exclaim,

“Truly you are the Son of God!'” (Matt. 14:33).

Recap:

Jesus chose the Galilee region for a large portion of his three years of ministry.

  • So maybe there was something special about it this little splotch on a map that we call the sea of Galilee.
  • Maybe Jesus wanted to use its beauty, as well as its violent nature to outline some truths about his kingdom.
  • Maybe 5 out of 12 of his disciples were common fisher-folk for a reason.

That’s my suspicion at least. What if Jesus has called each of us to really be fishers of men? What if following this call means getting into a tiny little boat and trusting God to handle the wind and the waves? What if loving God and neighbor looks like “being in the world but not of it,” and embracing the chaos that is this earth? What if Jesus’ call to follow him means casting our nets close enough to the abyss to actually matter in his kingdom? All the while trusting in His divine power and ability to control the storms that will come. Letting go of our inability and tremendous fear. And trusting Him. Thatis what I want this blog to capture.

My bumblings, cowardice, fear, inconsistency, anger, weakness, faithlessness, stubbornness, pettiness, and lack of love.

And HIS beauty, power, mercy, joy, faithfulness, glory, significance, peace, and overwhelming abundance of love

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