A Hopeful Invitation

Have you ever been at the end of your rope, so to speak?

I know I have.

I’m not sure what picture comes to mind for you when you hear that saying, but for me I envision someone frantically pulling a rope towards themselves in the hopes that something promising would be attached to it. But to the person’s dismay, they not only come to the dissapointing end of the rope, they also find that whatever “thing” they hoped was attached to it isn’t there either.

I’ve been reading through the book of Luke this month and I came across a very familiar Bible story that spoke to me in a very unfamiliar way.

In Luke 5 we pick up the narrative with Jesus being surrounded by a crowd of desperate people waiting to hear from Him. In the midst of the madness Jesus notices two empty fishing boats left vacant by some very disappointed fishermen.

The passage then follows a very bold Jesus commandeering two “strangers” boats to teach the crowd of people. Then almost without the reader realizing it, the focus of the passage shifts dramatically. Jesus, who was attune to the disappointed hearts of a few fishermen “washing their nets” directs his attention to these men by saying:

“Now go out where it is deeper, and let down your nets to catch some fish.” To which Simon (aka Peter) responds by saying, “Master, we worked hard all night [to the point of exhaustion] and caught nothing [in our nets], but at Your word I will [do as you say and] lower the nets [again].

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