Sunday, April 13, 2008

Hard work

Sometimes I feel my prayers come, up empty. I pray - nothing happens. I pray some more - some more nothing happens. It feels like work...hard work!!

“...we worked hard all last night and did not catch a thing. But if you say so, I’ll let the nets down again.” Luke 5:5 NLB

I come up empty handed...my nets are worn, wet and empty!

I know the feeling of a sleepless, fishless night?

For what have I been casting?
Faith? “I want to believe, but…”
Healing? “She's been sick so long…”
A wayward child? “No matter what I do…”
I have worked hard all night and caught nothing!!!

I have felt what Peter felt. I have sat where Peter sat. And now Jesus is asking me to go fishing. He knows my nets are empty. He knows my heart is weary. He knows I’d like nothing more than to turn my back on the mess and call it a life.
But he urges, “It’s not too late to try again.”
Peter’s reply helps me formulate my own reply to Jesus, “If you say so, I'll let the nets down again” (v.5).

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