You know its been eight years now since I suddenly and unexpectedly lost a significant portion of my ability to hear and was now earmarked as profoundly deaf. I struggled for months and in the end it was determined that I was unable to perform at the level needed to remain effective on my job so therefore forced to leave my place of employment, my place of financial security. I remember in the midst of my crisis, God gave me a word. Yes, right in the middle of one of my meltdowns. Back then I had them often. The words HE placed on my heart were to a song. The song? “Let it be”, by the Beatles. The words written across my heart were part of the chorus. Just imagine. In the middle of a major crisis I hear the succinct melody along with the words “Whisper words of wisdom – Let it be! …. There will be an answer – Let it be!” I actually changed some of the words to the song and made it my mantra for quite some time. The song rings in my heart today even as I pen this.
And I can’t help but think about Simon Peter’s “deep fishing expedition” in Luke Chapter 5. I thought, Hmmm, it was after this specific “expedition” Simon Peter, and his partners for that matter, lives were transformed. As a result Simon Peter and his partners left their occupation trading in their way for Jesus way. Jesus then tells them I will make you fishers of men. In other words, follow ME.
Think on this. Jesus asking Peter and his partners to follow HIM is kinda like saying let it be and I will transform your life. Trust in ME. Go deep with ME. Life will never be the same. Oh, how I can relate!
For me, it took a life altering event for me to follow Jesus wholeheartedly. There I was. No job. No future per se at least not in the industry I had spent my last 25 plus years flourishing in. And lots of time and silence. But I grew to trust in Jesus with everything and HE totally changed my life. HE gave me hope. HE gave me joy. HE gave me so much more than I ever expected.
In closing today, my hope for you is that wherever you are in life that you lean on, rely on, depend on, be confident in, just trust in HIM and let it be.
Be Strengthened and Encouraged in HIM,