Jesus enters an empty boat. The empty boat represents a night of hard work fishing and catching nothing. You can imagine Simon’s discouragement, and then, with Jesus in the boat the great transformation takes place.
There must have been something about Jesus, something he said, something about the way he was, the kindly authority that emanated from him, that convinced these hardened fishermen to set out again despite feeling tired, scunnered and empty.
Therein lies a great challenge – to trust Jesus when we are at a low ebb; to let him take us out into deeper waters when we can’t see what good it’ll do. Sometimes we need to get to the end of our rope before the space for transformation appears.
Simon (and James and John) paid heed to Jesus’ word and soon they were amazed at the difference it made fishing with Jesus.
When we trust him to lead us out into open water, when we pay heed to his word, we’re never disappointed, we’re filled with joy unspeakable.
Lead me Lord,
Into the deep waters of your grace,
For you are my song and my delight.