When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Now go out where it is deeper, and let down your nets to catch some fish.” “Master,” Simon replied, “we worked hard all last night and didn’t catch a thing. But if you say so, I’ll let the nets down again.”
This morning these verses speak to me of the, sometimes, very hard work of being a Christian.
As I have mentioned, our church is going through difficulty after difficulty. Sure the facility needs constant repair but that is small potatoes compared to the lives being threatened by cancer, heart ailments, depression, poverty, abuse and on and on the list seems to go. We pray and pray and believe….and then more bad news, more pain, more grief, more hardship. We work, work, work (pray, pray, pray) but our nets continue to come up empty.
I can so relate to Peter in this story from Luke. He and his fellow fishermen had worked all day. They were tired, worn, possibly disheartened. All each of them wanted was a good meal and rest. Their combined skills as seasoned fishermen had earned them bupkis, nada, zip, zilch. And now this Jesus wants them to go out on the lake again, and not just anywhere but in the deep water where turbulence is greater. Jeez!
Great turbulence, I know so many, too many, that are experiencing great turbulence…..they are in deep water, they have worked long and hard with nothing to show for it. And Jesus calls them to go out again and again and again.
What blows me away by this passage of scripture is that once Jesus tells the fisherman to go out again, this time in the deep water,…..they go….without complaining. NO complaining…not a peep! Man, oh man, I cannot say that about myself! Maybe that is part of the message; maybe lack of complaint reveals a great amount of trust. Trust in the One who calls us out into the deep waters filled with cancer, heart disease, pain, grief, loneliness…………. Because He said so. Whether our nets return empty or full, it seems as though we should go simply because Jesus the Christ told us to go. The end result is not the contents of the nets but the contents of our hearts, spirits, minds.