One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret (Sea of Galilee), the people were crowding around him and listening to the word of God. He saw at the water’s edge two boats, left there by fishermen, who were washing their nets. He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat.
It was God’s plan for a friend to invite me to a church service. The preacher’s words from the Bible came alive that day. God chose me to be his daughter, and I realized God was more than a far-away deity who created heaven and earth, directing events. God became my father, the only one I could talk to who completely understood my heart.
In the same way, Jesus chose Simon Peter. His words came alive to Simon on a morning when Simon was tired, awake all night fishing without a single catch. He was frustrated, cleaning shells and seaweed from his net when Jesus offered love and peace. There were likely other boats on the shore of Galilee, other than the ones owned by Peter and Andrew and James and John, but they were the men Jesus would choose that day to become part of his unit of twelve companions. But at this moment, Jesus singled out Simon by stepping into his boat and asking him to put it a little way from shore so he could teach the crowds from there.
The God who is choosing you today or has already chosen you knows your heart and every hair on your head.
Thank you, Father, for choosing us. As we discover every day, it is a huge commitment. Help us to pray often and seek your Word so we can discern your plan.