When He had finished speaking, He said to Simon, "Now go out where it is deeper, and let down your nets to catch some fish."
Remember as a kid swimming in a lake? It was great as long as you had even a murky vision of the bottom below you. But as soon as you got past the drop-off point where the bottom was no longer visible, your mind started to play tricks on you. At least mine would.
"What’s down there in the darkness I can’t see?"
The unknown always freaked me out.
My mind would start to create all sorts of invisible creatures that were waiting to swim up and devour me – especially sharks. (This was even more irrational given the fact that I was swimming in a slew of fresh water, generously called a “lake”.)
Or my mind would start to create all sorts of worst-case scenarios:
"I can’t touch bottom – what if I get a cramp and can’t swim any more?"
"What if I get too tired to swim???"
"What if I go too far out and can’t make it back to shore???"
I desperately wanted to go out farther into the deeper water but my overactive mind would paralyze me with all sorts of "What if’s…"
Here’s what I’ve since come to realize: what you think you know – not reality – is what eventually causes you to pull back and stay close to the shore where it’s comfortable and easy.
What "deep" is beckoning to you?
What "unknown" is God asking you to trust Him in and step into?
Here’s what I’ve come to know about God’s faithfulness in calling us to trust Him:
1. God calls us to go out deeper because that’s where we’ll find what our heart is truly looking for.
Peter was fisherman. What are fishermen looking for? Fish.
God calls you on your faith journey into trusting Him in the deep because He knows your heart better than you do and He’s the One that knows where the longings of your soul will be filled.
2. God calls us into the deep because that’s where we’ll discover the provision that will overtake the disappointment or frustration of our soul.
Peter was one frustrated man. Earlier in this same story, he’d voiced his frustration to Jesus: "Master we worked hard all last night and haven’t caught anything…"
Could have Jesus sensed Peter’s disappointment at not having caught anything earlier? He was on the shore cleaning his net when probably the other fishermen were still out fishing. "Simon, what you’re really wanting and looking for is found out in the deep."
3. Peter’s fledgling faith: "Master we worked hard all last night and haven’t caught anything…but if You say so I’ll do as You say…."
"Whatever…I guess I’ll do it again but know it’s not going to make a difference…"
When you hear the call to go deeper – to take the bold faith step – say yes, even if it’s a "whatever-yes". Say yes in spite of what your previous attempts may have brought or hadn’t brought.
Maybe you’ve been frustrated in your spiritual journey…in your faith…in what you know or don’t know of Who God really is….Frustrated because you’re not seeing results in your life like you’d like to see.
Your solutions are found in the deep.
The sharks aren't real.
You won't get a cramp.
And if you start losing strength, He will give you His.