The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, "Follow me." Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael and said to him, "We have found him about whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus son of Joseph from Nazareth." Nathanael said to him, "Can anything good come out of Nazareth?" Philip said to him, "Come and see." When Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him, he said of him, "Here is truly an Israelite in whom there is no deceit!" Nathanael asked him, "Where did you get to know me?" Jesus answered, "I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you." Nathanael replied, "Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!" Jesus answered, "Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than these." And he said to him, "Very truly, I tell you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man." John 1:43-51
In dance class the teacher would lead
and we would try to follow the steps
some student took to it quickly
and others went in crooked ways.
Awkward and attempting to understand
the Teacher tells us to follow and we wonder
whether this will be another failed attempt
to draw near to grace.
We are seen under our fig tree hiding place
we are known in our late night wakefulness
we are known in our fearfulness and anxiety
and as we are known we are called and loved.
Come on and follow the one who loves
the awkward, the friendless and the poor
who dances with the lame and the weak
and calls all of us into the center of the circle.