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 “Launch out into the deep and let down your net for a catch.” Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say, 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. When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus feet and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!” For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, and were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon’s partners. Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid, from now on you will fish for people. they pulled their boats up on the shore, and left everything and followed him. (Luke 5 v 1-11.)
Wow, the theme of this blog sounds like the title of a horror movie, or a suspense novel, but in fact it is just a title that we are familiar with. Often in our walk of life we are called on, to step out of our comfort zones to travel across deep, and at times, unchartered waters to get to a point in time. The narrative from scriptures, however, tell us that the deep waters where Jesus asked the disciples to go, are familiar waters, in fact waters where they worked all night at what they do best, fish. It’s just human nature, to say, been there, and done that, got season tickets. Peter was a rough cut, professional fisherman and a person that knew, the human chances were slim of catching anything from this spot in the water. Jesus had other plans. Jesus said “Launch out into the deep and cast your nets out for a catch ,” a place were Peter had been many times and came up with nothing. This time was different. Jesus is in the picture. Jesus is confronting the deep waters of empty chances. When you add Jesus to a hopeless situation, endless possibilities can happen. Don’t let the term “Launch out into the deep,” discourage you. It might be exactly were God wants you, where you can trust no one for the outcome but Jesus. God Bless You!!!