Thursday, September 3, 2009

Put into the deep

Imagine what Peter must have thought when Jesus told him to cast his nets again. Peter was pretty sure that there were no fish in that area. He was experienced. He just spent hours and caught nothing. But he did as Jesus asked, and caught a huge number of fish.

This was all part of Peter’s journey. It is a part of his journey of faith. To start to know God is a process, a journey. It is a journey into the deep.

For example, take a trip down to the waters of Long Beach today. Start by dipping your toes in the ocean, and then gradually, step by step, walk into the water. While you go deeper and deeper, you might start shivering because of the temperature, it takes a bit of time to get used to the water. Eventually, if we persist, it reaches our neck and we are completely surrounded by the water. It is a process of deepening; slowly discovering what it is, getting adjusted to the new temperature.

Now we are at the point in which we have to make a decision. Are we content with having our body wet, but our head dry? It is somewhat of a joyful experience with water around us, but just maybe we want to even get deeper into it. The only way to progress now is to start to swim and leave the firm ground behind us.

Jesus said to the man of whom he cast out the demons, "Go home to your friends, and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you." It is a specific calling, not the ordinary, but the extraordinary.

If one is called, it is a call we should answer. It is the call of love, to "sell all that you have, and come, follow me." It is important that we listen to God in order to hear this call. However scary it might be, we should listen to His voice and trust Him. We have to let go and "Put out into the deep." Whenever we do it, He will guide us, we can be convinced of that.