Miracle of abundance

Daily reading: Luke 5:1-15
Sunday, January 22, 2017

Focus passage: When he finished speaking to the crowds, 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. Luke 5:4-6

Jesus asks for a favor and through Simon’s hospitality and generosity, his world is forever changed.  After Jesus is finished talking, he asks Simon to row out farther into the deep water and drop his nets.

Simon rows the boat and then says “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and caught nothing.  But because you say so, I’ll drop the nets.”

I wonder if Simon says what he says because he is exhausted and is done with his night shift and is ready to go home and rest.  I wonder if Simon agrees because after all this is the guy who healed his mother in law and he feels that he owes him one even though  he knows that the fish won’t bite, it’s not the time to fish, but Simon doesn’t say that.

I wonder if Simon did it just to be respectful, I wonder if Simon expected to catch something or just drop his nets in the water and wait.  I wonder if he was frustrated or willing.

Simon didn’t argue, or say that’s not how we do it, or we have never done it that way before.  Simon doesn’t struggle, at least not yet.  No, in this one moment of grace, Simon does what Jesus says.
And something unbelievable happens. The abundance that comes forth really should be counted as one of the miracle stories in scripture, like the multiplication of loaves and fish.

Prayer:  Abundant God, help me to trust in your guidance so that I can be filled with your Holy Spirit.  Amen.

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