“Children”, you called out your men
Asking if they’d caught some fish
Did they wonder who this man was
Who told them sides to switch?
Did you say it playfully
With loving brotherhood?
Or did you try to draw their ire
As if up to no good?
Their response is telling
For they did not get upset
They responded, trying the other side
And came up with overfilled net
Peter threw his clothes on,
and jumped into the water
I wonder if you thought he’d come
Swimming naked as an otter
I’d love to have seen your smile
As he reached the shore, soaking
And the smile that came to his face
As he saw your fire smoking
I’m sure you hugged him fully
Soaking through your clothes
With the kind of compassion
Only a Father knows
I see you every morning
Awaiting me, ashore
I know that you receive me
With a gladness just as pure
I confess that there are days
I stay too long in my boat
Wanting to be productive
Thinking my role is to stay afloat
If I am discouraged
Or have moments a bit too wild
I pray that you’ll call out to me
And begin by yelling – “child”.
Lord Jesus, I pray that you’d join me
As you joined your friends on that road
That you’d help me to have your perspective
On all of the seeds that you sowed.
To have you tell all that Gods’ done
In my life, and my marriage, & fam
To have you tell all from your vantage
And try to soak up all that I can
Your wisdom and your patient mercy
Even when they hadn’t a clue
The person who walked alongside them
Wasn’t a stranger, it was you
How difficult must that have been
Or did you disguise self on purpose?
Did you make them wait to discover
Until things went below the surface?
While their hearts were burning within them
Was your heart burning as well?
As they mumbled and mourned for their Savior
Was it hard to hold back & not tell?
How often do I miss your presence
As you walk alongside me each day?
I will turn toward you breaking the bread
And attentively hear what you say…
Therefore prepare your minds for action
Distractions that focus on satisfaction
Last for a moment and are gone
This is a song you were born to sing
So bring your whole self to the table
Everything you’re able to give
All with which you live
(And if you find yourself unable
Because you’ve already set the table
With a loss of self control
Sin has taken its toll
And you feel it deep in your soul:
Your soul is receiving salvation
A station broadcasting new creation
Your signal is attuned to His
Set aside for the purposes of Love
This is Kingdom life
Inside – not trying to hide
But begging to be revealed
For through it, all is healed
Called to be Holy.
That doesn’t mean everything perfect is,
It simply means understanding
Everything is His.