Daily Reflections

Silence

Where Are You Being Called?

November 30, 2018

Where Are You Being Called?

MT 4:18-22:

As Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers,

Simon who is called Peter, and his brother Andrew,

casting a net into the sea; they were fishermen.

He said to them,

"Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men."

At once they left their nets and followed him.

He walked along from there and saw two other brothers,

James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John.

They were in a boat, with their father Zebedee, mending their nets.

He called them, and immediately they left their boat and their father and followed him.

In today’s gospel we’re given snapshots of Jesus assembling his disciples. These are unextraordinary workers. Simple sons. Regular people being called to deep purpose – a purpose that takes them away from their comfort zones of work, family, the places they call home. It’s in this good news we can find something fundamental to our Christian faith. 

At the very root of God’s call is to encounter our own discomfort – to be shaken out of the coziness of our complacency. To follow God into the places precisely where it’s hardest to find God.

Today, I challenge you to sit with the discomfort. To embrace the frequently uncomfortable silence and let God enter it. Let these questions in and pray about them.

Where are you feeling the most uncomfortable in your life – what’s the root of this discomfort?

Where is it most difficult for you to hear God’s voice? Why is that?

What are the things standing in the way of fully accepting God’s call? Where in your day-to-day do you feel God the least?

Sit with these. Take at least 15 minutes out of the comfort and stability of your routine to pray. And not speak or request or intercede – just to listen. To sit with some uncomfortable silence.

Where are you being called today? Embrace the discomfort. Embrace the mystery. Follow God into it. And don’t forget to listen.  

Joe McQuarrie