Check out these verses from Luke Chapter Five 1-7 as paraphrased in the Message:
One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret, the people were crowding around him and listening to the word of God. He saw at the water’s edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets. He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat.
When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.”
Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.”
When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink.
I love this story because it teaches us that obeying Jesus is a really good idea. It also teaches us that we never know when it might be time for a miracle.
The disciples were super tired. They had fished all night and caught nothing and it was time to go to bed. They had given up. It wasn’t their night.
But then they obeyed Jesus and suddenly their hard work resulted in so many fish their nets were breaking.
Are you at that moment in your life right now? Are you feeling like you’ve done absolutely all you can do and it just isn’t going to work?
I talked to a coworker yesterday and she and I told each other stories of the ways that God had opened floodgates this week in a couple of conversations we had had with people. Neither of us were feeling very positive or very hopeful about things, and then BOOM …. God showed up big time. And we truly felt as though our nets were bursting with fish.
I just heard this song yesterday for the first time even though it’s been around for a while. I love this line:
I will stand my ground where hope can be found
Don’t give up hope. At that very moment when you’ve been fishing all night and caught nothing, Jesus is going to show up.
And you’ll walk away with more fish than you’ve ever seen.