As he walked along the shore of the Lake of Galilee, he saw two fisherman, Simon and his brother Andrew, casting their nets into the water. “Come and follow me, and I will teach you to catch men!” he cried. At once they dropped their nets, and followed him. Mark 1:16-18
Bayfield was tailor made for travel brochures. It’s a perfectly picturesque village on a hill currently covered with bright fall foliage and apple orchards. The hill slopes down to the vast Lake Superior with tall masted sail boats in the marina.
Bayfield’s location on the northern tip of Wisconsin on Lake Superior makes it the ideal jumping off place for exploring the nearby Apostle Islands National Lakeshore with the famous sandstone sea caves. As I wrote after visiting the islands, they’ve been called “the jewels of Lake Superior” with lighthouses, hiking trails, bird watching and unique rock formations. Kayakers and boaters explore the spectacular formations on their own, but I choose to ride one of the daily boat tours that are available daily. (http://emiling.com/sunday-in-michigan-13)
The Apostle Islands remind us that the original apostle of Jesus willingly entered into a life of unprecedented adventure. For two young brothers, the call of Jesus altered the direction of their lives. There was something about Jesus that immediately captured their hearts. Enough that they dropped their nets, walked away from their business, and gave themselves to a task they had never dreamed of.
Each of us also have the opportunity to follow Him today. And it’s still an adventure! Although He may not ask us to walk away from our careers, He has an exciting future planned for every one of us, no matter who we are or what has transpired in our past.
Simon and Andrew gave themselves to the great adventure and followed Jesus obediently from that day forward. We must be willing to surrender our plans and our agendas in order to embrace His plan for our lives. In order to embrace exciting adventures beyond anything we would ever imagine for ourselves, we must obey His will. Take my word for it! I’m a living testimony as I lift my eyes to see the next adventure He has waiting for me each morning. Won’t you?