Thursday: 5th September, 2019
Reference text: Luke 5:1-11
Luke 5:2 And Jesus saw two ships standing by the lake: but the fishermen were gone out of them, and were washing their nets.
“Gloves- check, injuries – check, water – check, mouth guard – check, fighting tips – check”.
While boxers earn much plaudits for their heavy punches and title winning knockouts, some real unheralded heroes are the people who meet them in their corner for just a minute between rounds and complete the checklist aforementioned. Let’s call them ‘the turn around coordinators’. Their job is so crucial for if they don’t get their boxer ready for the next round, they could lose the fight by disqualification.
The fishermen mentioned in the Gospel today had gone fishing all night and from reports, had caught nothing. Yet, whether we would call it tradition or good practice, they were washing their nets. Although their nets may have caught nothing of worth, they wanted them ready for the next throw because they could have caught debris or other waste products.
What then may have been deemed a necessary routine was crucial to making a catch when Jesus asked them to throw their net because it was already cleaned; their net was ready to go. While washing of nets may seem like a simple job which can be done at any moment, it would have been a real loss if the chance to make that huge catch was missed because their nets had not been washed.
So my dear, the message today is to gear up and be ready to move at the shortest notice. Set the things that are within your control in place and be prepared to make a move when the signal is given. You won’t want to miss out on something and give the excuse ‘I should have been ready’ because the truth is often, you really could have been.
Therefore don’t take preparation for granted for they precede many good opportunities.