🎶This is a call to all my
this is a call to all
this is a call to all my
past resignatoins it’s been too long🎶
I’ve always liked Dave Grohl. One of my favorite songs of his is “This Is a Call”. This was one of the first songs Dave Grohl wrote after his Nirvana bandmate Kurt Cobain was found dead. I imagine the months following Cobain’s suicide were very difficult for Grohl, not just because he had lost a dear friend, but because he also stated he lost his musical direction and inspiration. I read once, thanks to a great deal of encouragement from his friends, he found his musical voice and set to work on his solo project that would become Foo Fighters. Grohl, who was the drummer in Nirvana, wrote this song on his own, played every instrument on it, and did the vocals. Released as the first Foo Fighters single, the song was an emphatic statement by Grohl and proof that he could carry a musical project on his own. Grohl says that while the verses mean nothing, the chorus means everything, as he is saying goodbye to his past with the line, “This is a call to all my past resignations.” Said Grohl, “It’s just sort of like a little wave goodbye to all the people I ever played music with, people I’ve been friends with, all my relationships, my family”. While reading this afternoon in Luke 5: 1-11, I found Yeshua/Jesus points to the call of following Him and waving goodbye to all of our past resignations as well. This is an unexpected day of change. When Yeshua/Jesus and His crowd turn up on the beach there may have been nothing to warn Simon that a paradigm shift was about to take place. Perhaps he saw the crowd as little more than a distraction….a festival of inconvenience dancing toward him while all he could think of was his aching back and bringing to completion the morning task. After a fruitless all nighter, Simon could be forgiven begrudging the need to wash these useless nets. He is tired and ready to sleep. He will need renewed strength to throw them all again tomorrow. So it must have seemed strange when Yeshua/Jesus climbed aboard. The request to anchor “a little way from the shore” may have seemed even stranger. But something in Simon is humble, inquisitive, and open enough to obey. A few moments later and he has prime seating before the most desired of teachers. Yeshua/Jesus is in his boat! While the crowd is held back by the water, Simon is so close he could reach out and touch the master. It is quite a turn of events, from a luckless night to a box seat. It is enough to make a tired man laugh. We are told nothing of the content of Yeshua/Jesus’ talk. But it would seem that Simon, perhaps feeling he had little choice, listened through to the end. But it was another thing altogether when Yeshua/Jesus asked to be taken fishing. By now the nets are clean and dry. They are ready for later when the fish will hopefully be out again. But that is not now. Yeshua/Jesus may know how to turn a phrase, but He does not know the timing of fish. Simon half protests but then gives up. Perhaps he is simply too tired to pursue the argument. Something tells Simon that this is worth the risk. The boat is mobilised and the nets lowered, filled, and all too soon there are two boats at risk of sinking under the catch of the day. It looks like a feast tonight! Every now and again a moment of clarity comes. For Simon it is now. But it is not immediately apparent that his will mean the leaving of a livelihood. Indeed Simon’s initial response is to send Yeshua/Jesus away. Simon is now only conscious of the gap between himself and Yeshua/Jesus. It looks like an insurmountable chasm. Simon has touched the holiness of YeHoVaH/God and it has made him aware of his unworthiness, “Go away from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man!” I suspect Facebook friends, that Yeshua/Jesus understands. Fear can make a person reject another. And so, without denying Simon’s insight, He responds with an invitation to come even closer, “from now on you will be catching people.” He is speaking Simon’s language! And so Simon and his companions leave everything. Well, not quite. In a consumer society it is all to easy to hear this story as a turning away, highlighting empty boats and fish left for others to sell. Make no mistake, there is a radical abandonment here. But to leave it there would not do justice to the care taken by our storyteller. They did not simply leave everything. They “left everything and followed him.” It is a completely different concept. Simon, James and John found a better alternative. They have not turned from as much as they have turned to. It is not loss but gain. Yes, there is a rationality here. These friends have found a better path, and taken it. This indeed is a “Call to leave all my past resignations”. Come and Follow Him. Amen?
Artist: John Jansky.