Life has its share of storms. Sometimes we are hit with a rainshower, or something stronger such as a thunderstorm, or we feel as if we’ve been hit with a tsunami. Faith is an option in all these storms. It’s as much an option as trying to weather through it entirely on our own or drowing in it. When a storm comes through as I am going about my business of living, I don’t hesitate to pray seeking the Lord’s help. But I have this bad habit of no sooner have I finished my prayer that I am worrying about the storm I supposedly left in the Lord’s hands. That’s not living my faith.
At the beginning of Luke, chapter five, Jesus was teaching by the Lake of Gennesaret. He saw two empty boats left by fisherman who were washing their nets. He got into one of the boats and asked Simon, the boat owner, to put out a little from the shore. Then Jesus sat down to continue teaching from the boat.
When Jesus finished teaching, he instructed Simon to take the boat into deep water and let down the nets for a catch of fish. Simon told Jesus they had fished all night and hadn’t caught so much as a bite. However, because Jesus said so, he would let down the nets. Simon may have still had some skepticism as he laid down the nets, but he chose to do it only because Jesus said so. I can’t think of a better reason to do anything since Jesus knows best.
When they let down the net, they got more than what they expected. I dare say they could have had a big fish fry and invited folks near and far and still had some left over fish. They caught such a large number that their nets even began to break. They had to ask their partners in the other boat to help them. Together they filled both boats so full that they began to sink.
Simon and his partners, James and John, the sons of Zebedee, were astonished at the amount of fish they had taken in. Their world had been rocked. Every aspect of their lives would change. They pulled their boats up on shore, left everything behind, and followed Jesus. Jesus told Simon to not be afaird; from then on he would fish for people instead.
When storms come, it is best to do what Simon did. Wait upon Jesus to tell you what to do and then do it. It may be to sit still which may be the last thing you want to do. It may be to go out on a limb that you have doubts about climbing on. You may be feeling some skepticism or fear, but do it anyway and see what happens. You just might get more than you ever expected.