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If You Say So

When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Now go out where it is deeper, and let down your nets to catch some fish.”  “Master,” Simon replied, “we worked hard all last night and didn’t catch a thing. But if you say so, I’ll let the nets down again.” Luke 5:4-5 (NLT)

Peter was tired. Bone tired. He had fished all night and had not caught anything. He had finally finished washing his nets and was ready to head to bed and Jesus plunks down in his boat to teach the crowds. Peter patiently waited and when Jesus finally finished he tells Peter “Let’s go fishing.” Can you imagine the thoughts running through Peter’s head? “Are you kidding me? What is wrong with you? You are not a fisherman. I know a thing or two about this and the best thing for me right now would be to go to bed.” He explains this to Jesus but then adds “But if you say so.”

How many times does Jesus ask us to do something that seems so counter-intuitive to our experiences?  How many times does he say “Go” when going seems like the last thing on earth you should do? How many times does he say “Wait” when you think you should be doing something? Jesus was teaching Peter trust. And that’s what he wants from us as well. He doesn’t care so much what it ‘looks’ like. He cares about where our hearts are. Is Jesus inviting you to let down your nets in deep water?  Will you respond “If you say so.”?

–Elaine Kapetanakis

Written by Diane Levy

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