Click here; meet Him there

th-1Marti says I do my best work when I’m the most honest. That that is something I can supply for everyone — a way of connecting faith to the realities of life that rarely gets embraced by Christians. Christians, especially Christian leaders, are always putting their best foot forward. Well what if you don’t have a best foot? What if you wake up with two left feet?

That’s me this morning. I woke up early feeling the weight of too many questions I can’t answer and not enough courage to meet them. I woke up wanting to check out, so when I went to write, both feet came forward. What if there is nothing to put forward but your faith (and that is pretty fragile at the moment)? And on top of everything, now the track pad on my computer doesn’t work right. I click here and it shows up over there. Kind of like God who is there, but does not seem to be here.

I’m thinking about those Psalms of David when everything is going wrong and God seems to not be responding to his cries for help. In almost all those Psalms, David ends with praise, though the praise is never connected to the things he brought out in the beginning. It’s not like God solved his problems; it’s like God was just there. He would remind himself of God’s truth, His faithfulness, His love, even though he could not personally connect to any of it. It was a God who was there. Maybe not felt here, but at least He was there. He was somewhere. Sometimes that would have to be good enough for David.

God showed up in a very big way on that first Easter Sunday, but it wasn’t “here.” It wasn’t where they expected. The women went to the tomb where they expected to find Him and He wasn’t “here.” He was somewhere else. He had risen. They clicked on death and He showed up among the living. They clicked on death and He showed up out “there” somewhere. We celebrate how wonderful that was, and forget that for them, that was very unsettling. God wasn’t meeting them where they expected. If He wasn’t here, at the tomb, where was He?

He was out. And for the days and weeks to follow, up until He ascended into heaven, He was out and about. Who knew where He was going to show up next — but it was never where they clicked. He was in the upper room; He was on the road to Emmaus; He met them for breakfast on the beach. He was out and about. If they didn’t get out they might miss Him.

Have I answered my question? Do I click on “here — meet me here” and He shows up there? Maybe I need to get myself there to find Him. Ever since the resurrection, He’s been out and about. He doesn’t want us to check out; He wants us to check in and go, because He’s going to meet us out there. Don’t click here in your depression, or fear or despair and expect Him to show up there while you wait for Him. He wants us to click here and then go find Him there because that’s where He is. He is resurrected. He’s out and about. He’s where you need Him most — not here, but there, where you are living your life, and reaching beyond your questions and your doubts.

Have I answered all my questions? No, but Jesus and the resurrection gives me power to get started. Click here; meet Him there.

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8 Responses to Click here; meet Him there

  1. Lisa in Sunland says:

    I would meet Jesus here, or there. I would meet Jesus anywhere! I would meet Him in a box, or I would meet Him with a fox. I would meet Him in a boat, or I would even cross a moat. I love to meet that precious Lamb. Yes, I love Jesus, Sam-I-Am!

    But fortunately, usually I do feel that He is meeting me. Amen! 🙂

  2. Margie says:

    ” He was in the upper room; He was on the road to Emmaus; He met them for breakfast on the beach” John what really stood out with this to me is these are the places of everyday life. The most encouraging thing is He never left without revealing Himself. We are expecting Him; buthopefully our “hearts will burn” and our eyes will open to see Him standing there. .

  3. Edith, a mother of eight, came home from a neighbor’s house one afternoon and noticed that things seemed a little too quiet. Curious, she peered through the screen door and saw five of her children huddled together. As she crept closer, trying to discover the center of their attention, she could not believe her eyes. Smack dab in the middle of the circle were five baby skunks!

    Edith screamed at the top of her voice, “Quick, children . . . run!”

    Each kid grabbed a skunk and ran.

    Some days are like that, aren’t they? Pressures and problems tend to multiply.

    Jesus, the Son of God, was not immune from pressures when He was among us. At one point, He sought a place of rest and solitude. Spotting a fishing boat at the water’s edge, He stepped in and sat down and “began teaching the people from the boat.” When He had finished speaking, He told Simon Peter, “Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch.”

    Simon said, “Master, we worked hard all night and caught nothing, but I will do as You say and let down the nets” (Luke 5:4–5).

    No one can criticize Peter for being reluctant. He’d been fishing all night and caught zilch. But he wisely surrendered. “When they had done this, they enclosed a great quantity of fish . . . so that they began to sink” (5:6–7).

    When the Master of heaven, earth, sea, and sky calls the shots, things happen . . . which explains Peter’s explosive reaction: “But when Simon Peter saw that, he fell down at Jesus’ feet, saying, ‘Go away from me Lord, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!'” (v. 8).

    Then Jesus said to him, “Do not fear, from now on you will be catching men” (v. 10).

    Once they heard His invitation, they literally dropped everything. “When they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed Him” (v. 11). Amazing, isn’t it? They abandoned their nets, boats, business, and future dreams. Everything!

    Perhaps it is time for [us] to take a mental boat trip out into the deeper waters of faith. And when Jesus says, “Follow Me,” do it. Unlike Edith’s kids, drop everything and run.

    Is your life full of appointments, activities, hassles, and hurry? Are you finding all your security in your work . . . your own achievements? What is your “everything”?

    If Jesus said to you, “Drop everything and follow Me,” could you do it?

    —Excerpted from “Day by Day with Charles Swindoll” – Deep Water Faith:
    http://www.insight.org/resources/devotionals/deep-water-faith.html#sthash.44iqLQdX.dpuf

  4. jwfisch says:

    Yeah, but knowing me, I’d probably pick up the skunk, too.

    • I’m fairly certain most of us would do the same, John, so please don’t despair – we’re all pretty much in the same boat, along with our chosen skunks (and clothespins)!
      I appreciate your straightforward honesty and raw openness in each days Catch. It inspires and cultivates a firmly-grounded realistic approach in addressing day-to-day life – a transparent and practical understanding that we are not alone in our emotions, situations, hopes, fears, and desires. And, prayerfully, with that common base, we are all here for one another, through it all.

      As a follow-up to Chuck’s comments yesterday, here is the second part which (I personally think) ties in beautifully with both the theme of “Click here; meet Him there” as well as The Catch in general:

      Why should we be willing to drop everything and follow Jesus Christ? And what happens when we do? I can think of at least six reasons:
      1. Jesus chooses not to minister to others all alone. He could, but he deliberately chooses not to. He could have rowed that boat Himself. He could have dropped those nets over the side Himself. He certainly could have pulled up the nets choked with fish. Instead, He had the disciples do it. And He specifically stated, “From now on you will be catching men.”
      2. Jesus uses the familiar to do the incredible. He came to their turf (lake, boat), their place of work (fishing), and had them use their skills (nets). In a familiar setting, He made them aware of incredible possibilities.
      3. Jesus moves us from the safety of the seen to the risks of the unseen. He led them “out into the deep water” where nobody could touch bottom before He commanded, “Let down your nets.” Nothing spectacular occurs in shallow water.
      4. Jesus proves the potential by breaking our nets and filling our boats. When God’s hand is on a situation, nets break, eyes bulge, deck planks groan, and boats almost sink. It’s His way of putting the potential on display.
      5. Jesus conceals His surprises until we follow His leading. Everything was business as usual on the surface. Boats didn’t have a halo; nets didn’t tingle at their touch; the lake water didn’t glow; a chorus of angelic voices didn’t thunder from the sky. No. The divinely arranged surprise came only after they dropped the nets. Remember, it wasn’t until he followed Jesus’ instructions that Peter changed “Master” to “Lord.”
      6. Jesus reveals His objective to those who release their security. He could read their willingness in their faces. Then—and only then—did He tell them they would be engaged in “catching men.” And guess what—they jumped at the chance!

      Jesus conceals His surprises until we follow His leading. Drop the nets first.

      -Excerpted from “Day by Day with Charles Swindoll” – Think It Over:
      http://www.insight.org/resources/devotionals/think-it-over-9.html?ga=homepage-intro

      Shalom! 🙂

  5. Dan says:

    I am very irritated to find myself in complete agreement with today’s Catch. Sometimes a tired, hungry and fearful start just means you are exactly ready for the day, if you will get up from your poverty and go.

  6. Dan says:

    Don’t tell Marti I said that, or I’ll never hear the end of it.

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