This young man was disappointed, frustrated and tired. He toiled all night long and got nothing. It is not that he did not know what he was doing; he was doing what he knew well, very well. He was an expert in his trade and knew exactly what to do, where to do, when to do and how to do. Despite all his knowledge, experience and planning it all came to nothing. He had all the gadgets he needed. Yet, in the morning he was sitting by the shore and was washing his empty nets for he was a fisherman. His name was Simon. Yes I am talking about Simon Peter.
On that morning, Jesus came walking by the shore teaching people. As the numbers increased, Jesus was looking for a nice place to sit and teach the people. He found it! It was Simon’s boat. Jesus asked Simon to move the boat a little further and sat on it and started teaching. What would we do if we were in Simon’s place? Will we have the patience to help someone after having a frustrating and sleepless night? Simon had a good quality, even during his toughest moment, he did not fail to open and give whatever he had to Jesus. He let Jesus enter into his boat. Simon did not grumble or murmur when Jesus entered his boat. He must have been washing his nets and simultaneously listening to Jesus. He just kept quiet and moved the boat for him.
When tough time comes we grumble, blame everyone and try to be mean to people around just to prove the point that we are unhappy. Sometimes we not only make our lives unpleasant but also make everyone else’s life miserable. Simon never opened his mouth but was waiting patiently for Jesus to finish! Are we patient? Do we help others when we ourselves are not feeling like doing very well? Or do we moan and rattle everyone around us and give everyone a tough time? Despite having a spectrum of ways to respond to Jesus, Simon chose to respond by obeying Jesus. Do we let Jesus come among our midst just like Simon did?
Jesus asked Simon to move the boat deeper and cast the net once again. That is when Simon told his whole story. It was already day time and conventional wisdom said that one will get nothing if one were to cast fishing net during day. Simon’s experience also told him that it was not going to work but Jesus told him to cast his net! Simon told Jesus ‘…because you say so, I will let down my nets’ and obeyed Jesus. Yes, he obeyed! It would have been very easy for him to question Jesus asking what a carpenter knew about fishing.
As the story goes, they caught so many fishes that their nets began to break. They had to signal and call others to bring up the catch. Not just Simon’s boat but another boat was also filled and Simon realized the sovereignty of the Son of God! He fell down and realized that he is facing someone more than a carpenter or a prophet. He was seeing the handiwork of the Creator. He could see and experience a great miracle and see God’s power being demonstrated in front of his eyes. All he did was that he trusted the words of Jesus and obeyed Him.
Friends! Are we willing to trust and obey the Lord? We don’t need supernatural things and miracles when everything is going fine. It is very easy to follow God when everything is going good. When we trust and obey God during tough times, we can experience the divine provision and see the splendor of His majesty. Jesus called Simon, Peter and gave him a higher calling. Will you yield yourself to God? God is willing to do a miracle! Just Trust and Obey!