2017: Page 83

Page 83 was a Friday which I planned to be a short workday after working all day Thursday which I normally have off.  I headed to work at my usual early hour to get the cleaning and building prep done for the day.  When I took the first round of trash out, it was still dark with a fairly heavy cloud cover.  As I finished up the cleaning and the students began arriving for school, I noticed that there was a small break in the clouds where the sun was trying to shine through.  It caught my attention enough that I went out and shot a few photos before taking care of some work in the office for the day.  As I was wrapping up my tasks for the day, I received a message that the service company wanted to do our fire alarm system inspection and testing today.  I called them to see if there was another day that would work only to find out they were on their way.  🙂

To keep the fire department from responding to this test, I called our security company to let them know we would be having work done on the system.  My first couple attempts didn’t reach anyone, so I tracked down a direct number to the monitoring company and asked them not to send anyone in response to alarms that may go off this morning.  The rest of the morning was spent with the inspection crew in the building and making sure everything was in working order.  When they finished up their work I received a printed report which I quickly read through looking for one thing — confirmation that we had passed and the system was working properly.  Sure enough, it stated the one thing I like to hear — everything was as it should be.

By the time that was finished and I had taken care of some other issues that had come up, it was early afternoon and I had put in a full day of work in spite of my plans to not do that today.  While I’m not a fan of Daylight Savings Time because of the difficulty in getting used to the time change twice a year, I do enjoy when it stays light later in the day.  After a late lunch, we took advantage of the daylight to do some walking as a family and spend some time along Lake Michigan taking some photographs.  As we walked out on the pier in St Joseph, Michigan, it was lined with people fishing.  Today’s photo shows a portion a portion of the pier with a lot of lines in the water.  In case you’re wondering, I didn’t catch anything.  There may be a number of reasons for that, but the most basic reason is that I wasn’t fishing.  There did appear to be a good number of fish being caught, and while I don’t know if everyone with a pole caught something, I do know they had a better chance of doing so than I did.  

The time on the pier made me wonder about the fishing we’re doing — or not doing.  As Jesus called His disciples away from their nets and boats, He told them they would become fishers of men.  This is the same task that Jesus calls each of us to as His disciples.  Just like fishing for fish, fishing for people requires that we be intentional about our efforts to catch someone.  We must not only be prepared, we must go to where the people are and actively engage them with the same thing that attracted you and I to Jesus — His love which calls for each of us to repent of our sin and find forgiveness.  I don’t think there is anything more powerful than for a person to know they are loved and to know that God has made a way for them to be forgiven.

As I reflect on the day, here are some thoughts/lessons that stand out to me:

  • Sometimes it is hard to allow God to direct my steps when I already have a way planned out.
  • It becomes even more difficult when I continually pursue the way I have planned when God is directing my steps elsewhere.
  • When I hold my way loosely and seek God’s direction for my steps, I find I live with much greater peace.
  • Sometimes God does more through things we don’t expect anything out of than what we could think or imagine.
  • To catch fish, I have to do more than just show up — I have to be prepared and equipped, and I actually have to fish.  The same applies to being a “fisher of men”.


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