An invitation to the deep
Luke 5 v 4 - 6
When Jesus 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.
Sometimes you frighten us when you call us out of our comfort zones, out of our traditional places, and out of our depth, as you invite us out into the deep water. The shallows are familiar, and there is often company there. The deep is unknown, solitary and sometimes dangerous. But still you invite us to put out there and risk - destruction, humiliation, failure?
We sometimes wonder at this kind of "blessing", especially when others might be called by another way, and yet we also know that this is the place of your appointing for us, and it is in the deep things of the Spirit that we encounter the greatest challenges, wounds and fulfilment.
Forgive us when we so want to be fishers of the deep, without leaving the comfort of the shallows, and give us the heart to go where you call us, that we might see the wonders only the deep can show.
Written by Stan Brook