As a kid in summer I snuck out sometimes at night with some friends. We prowled the streets, smoked cigs, talked big, and alluded both our town’s police cars. When I got home I was exhausted. I’d sneak in the house, crawl into bed and hope Mom let me sleep in. It was tiring staying out all night fooling around.
Imagine staying out all night working. Some of Jesus’ disciples stayed out all night fishing by the Sea of Galilee.
They fished all night and didn’t get a nibble. They must have been exhausted, discouraged and frustrated. Fishing was their livelihood. No fish, no bread. They were skilled fishermen. Their nets were good. Just empty.
Jesus said, “Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.” When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish. John 21:6 NIV
When you read that story you realize Jesus wasn’t teaching them how to fish. They knew how. Jesus was saying, “Fish my way. Listen to me and your nets will be full to overflowing.” How many times do we expend our energy, waste our resources, cast our nets on the wrong side of the boat? Then wonder why our nets are empty.
For me it’s because I sometimes think I know how to fish better than the One who created fish and promised to supply all my needs.