My daily reading one day last week was from Luke’s Gospel, in which he calls the first disciples.
One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret, the people were crowding around him and listening to the word of God. He saw at the water’s edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets. He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat.
When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.”
Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.”
When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. So they signalled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink.Luke 5:1-7
We have just undertaken a consultation on how we carry forward our youth work and outreach with Geoff Harley-Mason and this set me thinking, aren’t we a bit like those disciples fishing at night? Have we been toiling away for ages and struggling just to maintain the status quo. And yet when Jesus opens up the way, things really take off. They are fishing in the same spot as they were before but suddenly there are so many fish that they have to call for reinforcements to help deal with them.
Now there’s a vision for our outreach and a topic for our prayers!