Go Out Into The Deep And Throw Your Net

Meditation based on Luke 5; 1-11

Once, we were sitting on the beach. I barely even dipped my foot into the water, and I knew swimming was out of the question—the water was too cold.

My husband asked me if I knew why the shallow water was colder than the deeper water. I shrugged, and he replied:

“It’s simple. As it is shallow, the atmosphere can quickly change its temperature. When being warm outside, the water gets warm fast and when being colder, the water quickly gets cold too.”

Isn’t it similar to our faith? If we live in shallow spiritual waters, we tend to feel safe but are more receptive to external influences, and therefore, we are in greater danger of our faith becoming shallow or even cold.

With these thoughts and the beautiful natural ambiance, I remembered a passage when Jesus commanded the disciples to go out into the deep and throw their nets.

Come and join Jesus and His disciples beside the Lake of Galilee.

Jesus is teaching people and interpreting God’s view of life. You are watching Him and may feel excluded, redundant, and marginalized.

You might not understand what Jesus wants to say to you. Maybe you categorically reject Him, His teachings, or perhaps only His specific thoughts because they seem too idealized, too far away from life. Maybe you feel out of His reach, His love. Maybe He seems a stranger to you.

It does not matter. Today, you are in front of Him, with all your beauty and nobleness, even with all your burdens, loneliness, and feeling like a failure yourself.

Let Jesus come into your “boat.” Try to feel His presence beside you, and then allow Him to tell you to go out into the deep and throw your “net” again where it was all empty and lifeless before.

What does it mean to throw your net out into the deep, anyway?

It means dedicating your fears and doubts to God and letting Him show you something new in your life, something you do not know. Do you believe that Jesus can change your life for the better? Can you trust that a catch will be good, the best that can ever be given to you?

Finally, you pull the net out of the water. It’s full!

Are you surprised by the abundant catch? Did you expect such? How do you feel?

Listen to what the Lord wants to say. To you, personally. Does he want you to change the direction of your life? Does he want you to change your attitude with others? Does he want you to step into life with greater confidence?

These are all reasons to be thankful:

Thank You Lord, because You could touch my failure and my unrest. Thank You for showing me Your generosity. Thanks for renewed trust and faith in You. Thank You for Your presence in my life and for all the new discoveries that I have received. Thank You for teaching me the way that I can understand. Thank You for being so personal with me.

Help me be more courageous in the future, so that I can listen and fulfill Your word. I’ll never go away from You. Amen.

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