Col 1:9-14 / Lk 5:1-11
Is there any one of us who couldn’t sympathize with those poor apostles, out all night in the boat, doing their best, and catching nothing, not even a minnow?!
We know the experience well: we think an issue through, we do our homework, we plan carefully and act decisively, and still … nothing. The business still languishes, the spouse is still angry, the child still flunks, and we grow ever more weary.
Jesus intervened when the apostles hit that point of combined weariness and frustration. He said, "Try again, but this time go out to the deep waters." It seemed a stupid idea, but because they sensed that Jesus should be trusted, they did what he asked. And the catch they made was the biggest they’d ever seen.
Perhaps there’s a clue there for us. Perhaps we’ve been "fishing" in the wrong places, where there are no "fish." Or perhaps we’ve been so caught up with our own interests and perceptions of things — OUR OWN AGENDA — that we haven’t seen what’s right in front of us. Perhaps we need a new perspective. Perhaps we need to look at things through God’s eyes, for God sees to the heart of things.
Let God show you what he sees. It’s the ultimate in truth. Then relax in him. Let him guide your hand. He will speak to you in his own silent way. And you will hear him, if you have learned how to listen.