"While the crowd was pressing in on Jesus and listening to the word of God, he was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret.
He saw two boats there alongside the lake; the fishermen had disembarked and were washing their nets.
Getting into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, he asked him to put out a short distance from the shore. Then he sat down and taught the crowds from the boat.
After he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water and lower your nets for a catch.”
Simon said in reply, “Master, we have worked hard all night and have caught nothing, but at your command I will lower the nets.”
They signaled to their partners in the other boat to come to help them. They came and filled both boats so that they were in danger of sinking.
When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at the knees of Jesus and said, “Depart from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man.”
For astonishment at the catch of fish they had made seized him and all those with him..."
Wow, what a story.
There Simon Peter was, minding his own business (thank you very much!), finishing a hard day's work, and the Son of the Creator of the Universe comes walking up, asking for a lift.
Can we just stop right there and imagine the scene?
Peter was tired. He was probably dirty. Showers weren't plentiful in those days. They didn't even exist. He was fed up. He'd just pulled an all-nighter and didn't catch squat.
But, when he saw Jesus, he recognized something. He caught a glimpse of Heaven's authority.
Despite his frustration, despite his exhaustion.
He lowered his nets.
He followed Jesus command.
And Peter, wow was he blessed! To the point that he couldn't even handle the overabundance of fish that probably seemed to just be leaping into his nets.
As I contemplate this story, during our current Proverbs 31 Ministries Bible study, I can't help but compare my current situation.
Like Simon Peter:
- I'm tired. I have two precious (by demanding) kiddos, my husband works long hours and travels internationally more often than I'd like, and I've recently been diagnosed with lupus.
- I'm dirty. Well, not really, I did get to take a proper shower this morning (related side note: yay! for babysitters!). But, my attitude sure does feel dirty when I don't get that luxury, which is more often than I'd like to admit.
- I'm fed up. We live in the Netherlands and we're waiting on my husband's company's decision when to move us back to the US. It's hard living in another culture and country. While I wouldn't change the lessons I've learned here, I'm also ready to move back to where everything is familiar and I'm close(r) to family and friends.
And like Simon Peter, I'm going to:
- Openly accept the Creator of the Universe when he shows up in my life. I'm going to open my eyes, look up from my daily work and recognize when He comes to pay me a visit. An encouraging note from a friend, a letter in the mail from my grandmother. They're all blessings and they're all from Him.
- Catch glimpses of heaven as He reveals them. The smiles of my kids, my son's acceptance of Christ into his heart (last night - hallelujah!), the wisdom my husband brings into our marriage.
And mostly, I'm going to keep responding.
Lowering my nets as I go about my daily work - of keeping up my home, of mothering my children, of leading Bible studies and groups as the Lord leads.
And I won't miss the abundance of blessings that He brings my way.