Luke 5:45 NIV
When Jesus had finished speaking, He turned to Simon and said, "Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch."
Simon answered, "Master, we have been working hard all night and haven't caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets."
Yes! By memory! Not nearly as ambitious as Joanne's but it's a start.
This was the teaching passage from the Sunday morning sermon a week ago Sunday. I'm just going to tell you this much - it behooves us to know that when we start committing Scripture to memory, God often makes that passage come to life to teach us in a way that we could never learn just in reading words off of the page.
I've been thinking so much about Simon Peter's response to Jesus all week.
Because you say so . . .
Luke doesn't record for us if Simon said this with a belly-deep long sigh or if his voice cracked with weariness.
He doesn't tell us if Simon sort of laughed and used an intonation that implied, "Master Jesus, you know a lot of things about healing people and challenging the Pharisees, but you don't know anything about fishing the Sea of Galilee. Trust me, this is not the time of day to catch fish around here. All the good fishing gets done and night, and in cause you didn't notice, we didn't catch a thing last night."
Luke just records for us that Simon said, "Because you say so, I will let down the nets."
Even if it seemed ridiculous. Even if it didn't make a lick of sense. Even if he was exhausted with the trying.
Nevertheless . . .
Anyone else groaning, sighing, stumbling, or questioning your way through a season of life that doesn't make a lick of sense right now? Anyone else daily (hourly) asking for the faith to say, "Because you say so . . ." no matter how spirit-crushing the weariness may be?
If so, you aren't alone, sister.
Next week's passage: Psalm 33:3-5