Last week, we got a video call from our Aiden. He was sooo excited! They’d been fishing. This was his second time to go fishing and I just knew that he must have caught a fish because he was so excited. So, I asked, “Did you catch anything?” “No,” he answered, “but I got a hook!” “A what?” I asked. He said, “This time I’m good enough to get a hook! And a fish nibbled on my worm, but he got off. But I got a hook!” His Mom chimed in to explain that the first time they went fishing, they just let him practice casting. This time – he was ready for a HOOK!
This reminds me of Peter, James, and John on a fishing trip as recorded in Luke 5:1-11. After teaching the people from Peter’s ship, Jesus told him to launch out into the deep and let down your nets. Simon answered Him saying, “Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless, at Thy word, I will let down the net.” (Luke 5:6) When he did, the net was so full of fishes that it broke, and Peter beckoned unto his partners, James and John to come help him. They filled both ships so full, that they began to sink. They were all astonished at the draught of fishes which they had taken. Peter fell to his knees, saying, “Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord.” Jesus answered him, “Fear not; from henceforth thou shalt catch men. And when they had brought their ships to land, they forsook all, and followed Him.” (Luke 5 10b-11)
Did you notice that at first, Peter balked at His request, telling Jesus that they had fished all night, but caught no fishes (as the Sunday School song goes). But, Peter had enough faith that he said, “nevertheless, at Thy word, I will let down the net.” (Luke 5:6) Yes, only because Jesus asked was he willing to do what he thought was a senseless task. He found out better. After Jesus let Peter, James, and John “practice” with fish, He then called them to greater things. He gave them the HOOK! Now, their faith was strong enough that they were ready to become fishers of men!
Are you ready for a hook? God Bless, Courtney