Sunday: 10th February, 2019
Reference text: Luke 5:1-11
Luke 5:3,4 And he entered into one of the ships, which was Simon’s, and prayed him that he would thrust out a little from the land. And he sat down, and taught the people out of the ship. Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught.
On an episode of one of the series I watch, I heard words that can be paraphrased ‘when it comes to real estate, only one thing matters: location, location, location’. Thus, what appears to be the highlight of the encounter between Jesus and Simon by the Lake of Gennesaret is the change in location for two different purposes.
The first spot was for Peter to pull out a little from the shore for the purpose of teaching the people. Too far out and he may not be heard, yet too close and he may get overwhelmed and thus be unable to proclaim the message. The second location was a lot deeper so Peter could make a catch.
Good fishermen know how to change fishing spots to make particular catches and the ones who choose to stick to the same location night and day, may well wait for ages. Peter was not asked to lower his net right where Jesus taught, but much deeper, because that spot was not meant for making good catches.
Beloved, every location has things that can be achieved there, and those that will not. We should not therefore stay rooted in the same spot expecting to achieve everything from there. Sometimes, we will have to draw closer to shore and at other moments, launch out deeper. The key here is that you do not remain rooted to the same spot.