As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother, Andrew, casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. "Come, follow me," Jesus said, "and I will send you out to fish for people." At once they left their nets and followed him.
There is a treasure trove of wonderful adjectives that aptly describe my husband, Danny, but spontaneous isn't one of them. Being an engineer, his approach to anything we might embark upon, such as a trip to the mountains, is carefully planned weeks ahead of time. So, what happens early Tuesday evening of last week takes me completely by surprise.
We have our granddaughter, Virginia Rose, staying with us as our goal for Wednesday is to take her to the Tellus Science Museum in Cartersville, Georgi; she's been there before, but has been begging to see some new planetarium shows. While I'm checking showtimes on the Tellus website, Danny is, unbeknownst to me, looking at the upcoming weather in the Great Smoky Mountains and checking cabin availability.
Out of the blue, he announces, "Virginia, Martha, let's go to the mountains tomorrow!"
"What???" You're kidding, right?"
"Not at all," Danny assures me. "Call Sarah to see if it's alright to take Virginia to the mountains for a day or two. As soon as you find out, I can book a cabin."
Stunned by this spur-of-the-moment move on his part, I contact my daughter to get her permission. Sarah quickly assents, as she knows that Virginia has long desired to travel with us on mountain getaways. The die is cast!
Appointments are cancelled or postponed early Wednesday morning as we scramble with the packing of clothes, toiletries and food items. Miraculously, we are ready to roll shortly before noon. After a quick run by Virginia's house to pick up her jacket (yes, it's going to be that chilly!!!), we're off!
Virginia, needless to say, is beside herself with excitement. As we travel north, and the mountains loom larger and larger, her eyes are filled with awe and wonder at their ancient majesty. We make our traditional pit stop at the most beautiful rest area we've ever encountered in our travels, and Virginia enjoys the opportunity to explore.
Further down the road in the Nantahala Gorge, we visit the Nantahala Outdoor Center.
Next stop? The cabin!
To be continued . . .
In the scripture featured above, we see the future disciples drop everything in the spontaneity of the moment to follow Jesus. What a compelling presence our Lord must have exuded for grown men to abandon their work, duties and obligations in the everyday, to seek His will for their lives! Much like Danny being willing to risk an unplanned trip, trusting that God is working it all out for good, so these men embarked without hesitation upon a journey that would change their hearts and minds for eternity.
May we never hesitate to drop everything when Jesus is calling us.