Where are all of those little people?
Oh yeah. They grew up. They are fine adults now. I am so proud of them!
My empty nest reminds me of the gospel of Mark. You know, where we are told that God is sending a messenger ahead of Jesus. He will send someone calling into the wilderness. The gospel of Mark tells that after John the Baptist was thrown into prison, Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee.
He asked those men that he met to put down their nets. Put down what they had ALWAYS known and walk away with him. The Bible says that “at once” they put down their nets and followed.
Think about that for a minute. How strange it must have felt to Simon and his brother to leave all they had ever known. I wonder if they felt like I do now with my big awkward empty nest?
Maybe they didn’t quite know what to do. Didn’t know what to say? How to act.
I know that one thing they had in spades was FAITH. They had no way to predict what the future held. They had no way to understand the enormity of the transformation that was
happening in their lives. What they HAD to have was faith.
I think there is a lesson in that for me.
I’m just gonna have to sit here in my nest and learn a new comfort with how things are now. It isn’t what I’ve always known – not by a long shot. Instead, I’ll just have to have faith that whatever the Lord has in store for me is how it is.
Now you know why I covet your emails and website comments. Thanks for the friendly shout outs!
I encourage you to go check out the full text of Mark 1: Verse 16-20 and the whole surrounding story too. I don’t think you get much out of just reading a few versus. You have to get the ENTIRE story to make it meaningful.