When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.” Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.” The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my sheep. John 21:15-17
Traffic was going faster than normal for an early-morning commute.
“Yes! I might get to Pasadena early and answer a few emails.”
Cars passing me by in the carpool lane; cars to the right and cars behind me; we zoomed along at about 70 mph.
Hands clench. Deep breath; hold it. Shoulders and back tighten. Foot off gas. Hold the steering wheel straight. Heart pounding.
Gray-blue chest hits the windshield to the right of my head and slides to the bottom of the windshield and falls from the car.
Head-on pigeon collision
Pull over? Think. Surrounded by cars. Drive. Call Keith.
Keith, tell me you love me!
I love you.
Tell me you love me!
I love you.
Crazy reaction, isn’t it? The most important thing to me at the time was to hear Keith tell me he loved me.
After Peter had denied Jesus three times, Jesus had been crucified, and Jesus had risen from the dead, Jesus and some of the disciples had eaten breakfast on the shore of the Sea of Galilee, Jesus asked Peter if he loved Him three times. Jesus knew the answer. Peter knew the answer.
After Peter acknowledged that he loved Jesus in a lesser way than Jesus had asked, Jesus gave him a job to do: feed His lambs, take care of His sheep, and feed His sheep.
With love comes a responsibility.
At the time of my pigeon collision, all I wanted was to hear Keith say, “I love you.” I knew the answer but needed to hear it. With the “I love you,” comes responsibility: feeding and caring. When I got home that night, Keith checked me and the car out.
Have you had a head-on pigeon collision that made you stop and think about the most important words that you need to hear or say?
Say it today!
My Prayer for You:
Great God and Lover of our soul, we love You from the very depth of our being. You are an awesome God who loves us with an everlasting love. Fill us to overflowing with Your perfect love, a love that is unconditional, and give us wisdom to speak the words that will minister to all who come our way. Thank You for Your amazing love.
Please share the words you need to hear and the words you need to say with us and with your loved ones.
Jesus loves you with an everlasting love!