For many of us, going to the beach is a chance to “get away.” We go there to escape the routine and the humdrum of daily life, to vacation. We go to the beach to unwind or relax. The last thing we want to do at the beach is work.
On the other hand, in the two years that Mary-Ellen and I lived near the coast, I was reminded of a truth I often overlook. For many, the beach is a place of work. Their livelihoods are there. Rather than escape, the beach and its various industries provide income, a job, a way of life. It’s not a “get away”; it’s where life happens. A pastor friend of mine who lives and ministers in a beach community recently wrote on Facebook that it felt odd to say that he was “back from vacation and on the beach.” But for some, that’s life.
Our gospel lesson this Sunday recounts a story of people who make their living on and around the waters of the sea and of how Jesus meets them there. In the encounter, we hear of a desire to “get away” but there is nowhere to go – they’re already at the beach and Jesus has come to them with call and conviction.
As you read that story this week in preparation for Sunday (Luke 5:1-11) consider what happens when Christ comes to us with a call and how a life of discipleship can be formed in our everyday lives – even when our everyday is at the beach.
Grace and peace.