He said, “Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.” When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish.
A Word of Hope
The disciples are sad and distraught because of the horrific events leading to, and culminating in, the death of Jesus. They headed back to Galilee and returned to what they knew best: fishing. They must make a living and so they spend the entire night out on the lake. Early the next morning they are headed to land, with an empty boat but a voice calls to them from the shore, asking if they have any fish.
While the disciples believed they had done everything within “their“ power to catch fish, they admitted truthfully to this stranger they had not! So, the voice told them to throw their nets on the other side of the boat. As professional fisherman they hesitated, took a leap of faith, threw out the nets and could barely haul in the catch. That’s when they realized it was the voice of Jesus!
The disciples’ relationship with Jesus begins and ends with a miraculous catch of fish, both physically and metaphorically, which involved humility. They were humble enough to do what Jesus said rather than trusting in themselves. Jesus asks us to have a teachable spirit as it is one of the most important characteristics in our lives.
When I hear the voice of truth telling me to do or not do something and move to the other side of the boat (my mind) I am pleasantly surprised at the outcome. Often miraculously!
Sometimes we’ve tried everything, and situations seem impossible with nowhere else to go. We sincerely believed we knew what needed to be done and had done everything within our power.
When we come to the end of what we can do, we come to the beginning of what God will do.
Creator God, as I lean hard into my side of the boat, let me trust you’ll lead me to the other side where my nets will overflow with opportunity for myself and for others. Amen