When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.”
One early summer morning Tim asked his friend Jon if he would like to go fishing. “Sure,” Jon agreed, so the boys gathered their equipment and headed to the lake. They chose a spot on the shore, baited their hooks, cast their lines into the water, and waited.
After an hour neither boy had gotten so much as a nibble on his line. They looked into the water near the shore and saw plenty of minnows swimming in the shallow water, but none of the big fish they were hoping for. Finally, Tim’s
father came by to see how the boys were doing. When they gave him their disappointing news, he chuckled. “You need to get out on the pier so you’re fishing in deep water,” he told them. “That’s where the big fish live.” Sure enough, as soon as the boys moved out to the pier they started getting bites on their hooks. After a short time they had both caught big fish.
Jesus told the disciples that if they wanted to catch a lot of big fish, they needed to get out into the deep water. They couldn’t expect to catch anything worthwhile by hanging out on the shore. So Jesus invites them to take the risk of
moving into deep waters.
We can keep it shallow with the one we know as Lord. Or we can have a deeper relationship where we can discover otherwise hidden riches of God.
Dear Lord, Help me to hear your voice and follow you closely so that I can have a deeper friendship and a more adventurous, abundant life with you. Amen.