While walking 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 fishers of men.” Immediately they left their nets and followed him. And going on from there he saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets, and he called them. Immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him. —Matthew 4:18-22
And so there is Jesus, walking the shoreline of Galilee, watching the fishermen casting their nets. He starts calling them to follow, and they do. The end.
But here is what we don’t always think about when He calls the disciples. He is not waiting for them to catch 1000 fish first. He is not waiting on them to invite Him over for dinner. He is not waiting on years of experience or a perfect heart. He is finding them right in their element, in their every day survival.
I dealt with a lot of “stuff” after Titus was born. And one day I will be brave enough to share how I felt during that time. But for now, one thing I remember was sitting in the bathroom one afternoon, tears streaming down my face, barely able to breathe. Something inside of me said, “What do I have in me that is any different from any other mother dealing with these things? How can I overcome?” I felt His presence say, “Me. You have me”.
Do you have Him?
He finds mothers there, too. Just like the fishermen. In the every day survival. He does not seek perfection in motherhood, a strict list of “how-tos” to follow. Perfectly dressed kids on a day to celebrate resurrection. No noise at the dinner table.
Jesus isn’t walking by the shoreline of our homes, wiping his finger and checking for dust bunnies.
He isn’t checking that sink full of dishes from last night’s supper.
He isn’t counting the times you messed up today by yelling at your kids, forgetting to feed the animals, burning breakfast.
He is THERE. In your every day. In your element. As you are.
He is there when the money is tight. REAL tight.
He is there if you are doing this parenting thing solo.
He is there when you are alone. Or feel like you are. (You are not, by the way. Please come over any time.)
He is there when you have no clue what you are doing but these people are calling you Mama.
He is there on that cold tile bathroom floor on a perfectly sunny day when no one has any idea, breathing life into your lungs and gently reminding you that He is there. Giving you the strength to do the small steps of simply standing up and wiping away the tears with toilet paper.
So, if you are wondering where God meets mothers? He meets them right where they are.
Draw near, mamas. Please. Dear near to God and He will draw near to you. (James 4:8)
He is there.