Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.”
As Jesus passed along the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the sea—for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, “Follow me and I will make you fish for people.”
And immediately they left their nets and followed him.
As he went a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John, who were in their boat mending the nets.
Immediately he called them; and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men, and followed him.
Mark 1: 14-20
Lord, your entire lectionary reading this week flows with the sense of time.
But the word that jumps into my heart from your heart is immediately.
Immediately – without delay, no hesitation, a prompt response.
I pause and second-guess.
I fail to answer your call.
Immediately also implies – without anything in-between.
May our relationship blend without anything in-between us.
May my light reflect your vision without my ego clouding the way.
May my actions and behavior follow you quickly without wavering.
May my heart be so open to the urging of your spirit that your words burst forth in your time.
Your time – that is what matters, Lord.
Not earthly boundaries.
Not my mind’s rigid expectations.
Not other agendas.
You and only you.
May I follow you immediately.