READINGOld Testament: Genesis 37:12-24
Psalms: Psalms 45, 47, 48
New Testament: 1 Corinthians 1:20-31
Gospel: Mark 1:14-28
Evening Psalms: 47,48
DEVOTIONAL“…’Come, follow me,’ Jesus said, ‘and I will send you out to fish for people.’ At once they left their nets… and followed him.” (Mark 1:16-20)
In Mark 1:16-20, Jesus is walking along the Sea of Galilee and calls out to some fishermen -- telling them to step out of their daily pattern of work to do something more important. They could have said, "We're busy, find someone else," but they listened, their hearts were moved, and they became His first disciples.
Last summer, I had the strangest, but most wonderful day I can remember in some time. 2015 had been a struggle on many fronts, dealing with some serious family medical issues and my mother trying to sell the family farm where I grew up.
The morning started with a call from my wife's doctor. The results of her recent cancer surgery showed no indication that the cancer had spread -- the best news we'd had for many months. Since I had waited around for the call, I was already running late for work, with morning meetings I needed to get to.
As I made the turn onto the busy street headed to my office, I saw a dog running in the median, clearly alone and afraid. I had a leash in my truck, so I made a quick U-turn and caught the dog with the help of some other caring drivers. I took the dog to my veterinarian, where a young staffer sprang into action. The dog had tags that traced it back to a shelter in Georgia, so they started making calls and printing signs for me to take back to the area where I found her.
I have to admit, my mind wasn't on my work when I ran into my meeting (late). As the meeting wrapped up, my cell phone rang -- it was my mom in Missouri, calling to say she finally had an offer on the family farm. (Good news again!)
I got back to my office to see my phone message light blinking. The message was from my vet, telling me they had tracked down the dog’s owners and reunited them. Wow, three great pieces of news in one day.
At the start of a day, when so much was uncertain, an amazing series of events had unfolded and turned into good news. I hope at least part of it was because I didn’t say, “I’m busy, find someone else.”