You continuously and unhesitatingly invite me. You constantly beckon me. What You want is that I follow You – that I come to You. As with Your apostles You say, “Come, follow Me,” and “Come and see.” Your invitation precludes all else. There is nothing more important nor simpler – “Follow Me.” To follow You, ideally, seems to mean dropping everything to focus on answering Your call.
I don’t always reply to Your invitation. Sometimes I ignore Your beckoning. Yet, You never stop. There are no conditions to Your love. My love is full of conditions. If there was only a way in me to constantly invite You – to beckon You as You do me. But alas, I beckon too many other things – things that hide or mask Your call. Due to the circumstances, style, and status of the life I have chosen for myself there would seem to be a boatload of cares, concerns, and responsibilities that demand my attention. Yet, You keep calling me. Is it perhaps that I’m so dense that I can see no other possibilities than dropping everything and answering as the apostles did?
Is it not possible that Your invitation is perpetually out there in order that I can take advantage of it? The ideal may be to drop everything. But that is my conception. Yours is more realistic. When You say: “Come follow me,” You know me, You see me, You understand my preoccupations and distractions. It is within their context that You beckon me. The more tragic circumstance would be to ignore You completely while knowing that You never stop inviting me to follow You.