Fresh Sea Air

“Now is no time to think of what you do not have. Think of what you can do with that there is”

― Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea

As he walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea—for they were fishermen. And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fish for people.” Immediately they left their nets and followed him.

― The Gospel of Matthew

But the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.

― Book of Habakkuk

 

It sounded like a good idea. Enticed by the prospect of fresh sea air and fish large enough to tell the grand children about, we entered the boat. We would come back as heroes of the ocean, saltier for our toil. Did not Jesus command salt to not lose its saltiness?

A problem that no one could foresee came from a gentle source. Back and forth the boat gently swayed. It was on one’s fault. But there was a mutiny on board and our stomachs commanded us off the ship.

Do you think the great mariner-apostle Peter ever struggled with sea sickness? Perhaps not on literal water, but when Jesus commanded him to take up a different sea and fish for men did he ever experience the nausea that comes from a tilting landscape? I think so. How else can you explain Peter’s denial of Jesus to a little girl? The landscape was wavering up and down and Peter, not knowing what else to do desperately desired to get off the boat.

But all was still well. Peter, who walked on water, eventually got his sea legs. Stumbling with the little girl, as he also stumbled during his first walk on the water, Jesus set Peter back on his feet with the command to go and fish for people.

We are all commanded to go and fish for people, but what do we do when we get sick from a tilting landscape? Iron stomachs come through trusting the one who can calm stormy waters. As you step into the boat of August go fish for people. Love your neighbor as you love Jesus. And when you get sick thinking about all that you don’t have consider thinking about all the good you can through God’s Spirit.
 
Pastor Peter Curts