Edevotional February 13, 2019
“…he said to Simon, “Row out farther, into the deep water, and drop your nets for a catch.” Simon replied, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and caught nothing. But because you say so, I’ll drop the nets.” So they dropped the nets and their catch was so huge that their nets were splitting. They signaled for their partners in the other boat to come and help them. They filled both boats so full that they were about to sink. When Simon Peter saw the catch, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Leave me, Lord, for I’m a sinner!” Peter and those with hime were overcome with amazement because of the number of fish they caught. James and John, Zebedee’s sons, were Simon’s partners and they were amazed too. Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid. From now on, you will be fishing for people.” As soon as they brought the boats to the shore, they left everything and followed Jesus.” Luke 5:4b-11
As I write this morning, the sun is shining brightly, into my eyes. It’s a new day. I pause and breathe deeply. A prayer going through my heartland the Taize chant going through my head, “Nothing can trouble. Nothing can frighten. Those who seek God shall never go wanting. Nothing can trouble, nothing can frighten. God alone fills us.”
The journey is long. There are too many things that trouble me, frighten me. I climb back into the boat, Simon’s boat, with Jesus, telling me to row out into the deep waters and drop my nets. Drop my nets. What do I need to drop into those deep waters this morning? My nets. My roles, my work, the United Methodist Church, all of my work, all that troubles me in my relationships. Drop it all. And what comes back? The great abundance of God. A net full of fish that threatens to sink the boat with myself and Jesus. God’s grace. It’s too much, God. Get away. Let me be. And what is God’s response? It is always God’s response. “Don’t be afraid. Do not be afraid.” “From now on, you will be fishing for people.”
That is who I am now. No matter what my roles are—mother, teacher, household manager, pastor, financial advisor, accountant, attorney, principal, musician librarian—I am now a fisher of people, or relationships, of being Christ in the world, the love and grace of God.
Pastor Sherrie Lowly