Do you ever close your eyes and imagine or daydream about what it would have been like to be near Jesus during His earthly ministry? I do. At those times I often picture Him on the shore by the Sea of Galilee (also known as the Sea of Tiberias and Lake Gennesaret) when He appeared to His disciples after His resurrection. We are told in the Bible in the book of John, chapter 21, that He was standing on the shore and that He called out to the fisherman who had been out all night but had caught nothing. So what do I imagine myself doing?
This photo very closely captures what I imagine dawn would have looked like that morning.
Photo credit: “Sunrise on the Sea of Galilee”(https://pixabay.com/en/sunrise-sea-of-galilee-lake-israel-676455/) by windhaven1077 (https://pixabay.com/en/users/windhaven1077-808708/) is licensed under CC0 (https://www.tldrlegal.com/l/cc0-1.0).
I picture myself sitting by a warm fire on the cool rocky shore in the crisp early morning air filled with peaceful excitement at being in the presence of the Savior! In fact, I’m sitting near Him. Even at His feet. The light of dawn is just starting to spread across the deep blue sky. There’s a hint of some sunrise colors on the horizon and I can see wispy smoke rising from the coals. On the glowing coals of the fire, fish are cooking. And there’s bread, too. The smell of fresh bread, fresh air, water and green growing things along with food cooking on an open fire is so refreshing and uplifting. The birds are just beginning to make their early morning chirps and tweets and in His deep, strong, loving voice Jesus calls out again to Simon Peter and the others. Once he realizes who it is, Simon Peter excitedly plunges into the sea and splashes wildly as he comes to join our Lord on the shore! Breakfast is shared, along with a life lesson. What a blessing it would have been to have joined them for that breakfast!
I’ve never actually been to Israel, but I did love watching this video (linked to below) and I think you’ll really enjoy seeing the Sea of Galilee, too! You can take just 3-4 minutes to watch it now or come back to it later, but please do watch it. I think it will help your future daydreams and imaginings!
Please click here to view: https://youtu.be/zlV8HBmL6ek. (Published on May 17, 2015 by www.bladeworx.co.il on YouTube.)
So, you may ask, what IS sitting at His feet, anyway? What does that look like?
Mary, the sister of Martha, was a woman who chose to spend time with Jesus even amidst the busyness of their household on a very special day with many guests.
“Now as they were traveling along, He entered a village; and a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home. She had a sister called Mary who was seated at the Lord’s feet, listening to His word.” Luke 10:38-39 (NASB).
Where was Mary? Seated at the Lord’s feet! Luke goes on to tell us that Jesus said she had “chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.” Did you just catch that? Our Lord Himself said that when we choose to spend time at His feet, our time is not wasted! At those times we experience Him personally, have fellowship with Him, and that relationship cannot be taken away from us!
Even though today, right now, we aren’t able to physically meet Jesus on the shore or sit at His actual feet, we can and should sit at His feet in a spiritual place! You may already be doing that … and regularly too. If you are, please share your joy with others in your life. We need your encouragement!
So why should we sit at Jesus’ feet in this present time and in our daily lives?
Our hearts do desire – and need – intimacy with God. Intimacy with Him is knowing Him and being known by Him. When we want to get to know someone, we spend time with them. We learn about what they like and dislike, what their life experiences have been (their history), what their hopes and plans are for the future. We choose to spend time with them. We make them a priority. Intimacy is the “why”.
A while ago, my dear friends, I checked in with you and asked for input on your Bible study time. You shared that finding time is your biggest frustration with having a regular quiet time with the Lord. Some also shared that you wished you could understand what you read better. I thank you all for taking the time to respond! You really blessed me.
Next week (with God’s help I can do this weekly) we’ll look at how to find the time in our busy lives to sit at Jesus’ feet! Before you go, though, I want to share with you a beautiful early morning “sky painting” from the Father as recently seen from our back porch.
~ Keep shining, Cindyeliora
“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe.” (Eph. 1:18-19, NASB)