One day while in Ouranoupolis, Greece, I saw a young boy with his net. He was trying to catch some of the small fish swimming around in the water.
It was a great picture of what may have taken place a few thousand years ago and a some miles to the south when Jesus approached some men with slightly bigger nets and said, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” (Matthew 4:19 ESV)
I have thought about that little boy often over the last few days and wondered what it would have been like to have a man unknown to me simply walk up and say, “Follow me…” These 4 fishermen did exactly what the man said. Scripture tells us that they dropped their nets and began following Jesus.
After our last meal at the hotel, I was impressed by the Holy Spirit to talk to the young Polish girl, Alexandra, who had set our table for us on several occasions. I knew I wouldn’t have much time to talk to her, but knew I needed to do so. I walked over to the table she was preparing and shared my thanks for her taking such good care of us. During our conversation she said, “I believe in my own way.”
I shared that I would be praying for her and that she might understand why Jesus came to earth. I walked away uncertain about whether or not I made a difference.
However, the picture of the little boy came back to my mind and I was reminded that the outcome is not mine to choose. I must be like those 4 fishermen, willing to drop my nets and follow Jesus and speak to people like Alexandra along the way.