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November 30, 2013

There might be another way

Ever come to a point in your life when you did not know what to do and you were very frustrated?

One night Simon Peter spoke to Jesus concerning his and his group's inability to catch fish. Jesus suggests another technique. Let’s look in on that conversation. Peter tells Jesus: “Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net.” St. Luke 5:5

No matter how well we are able to discharge our duties and operate in our gifts from God, we will still sometimes be met with disappointments and setbacks. Those professional fishermen worked all night and caught nothing!

Sometimes God will permit us to be in situations where there appears to be no answer. We thought we knew what was needed to be done. It worked before — it has always worked before. But the more we tried the worse it became.

God asks us on occasion to take a major leap of faith. We always meet God when we come to the end of our wits and resources. These fishermen knew the best fishing holes. They knew how to use their equipment. They were experts at their trade, but no fish! How embarrassing it must have been for them to even fathom having to return home with no fish.

Often at the point when we want to give up is when God shows up, inviting us to embrace an alternative plan. Then it’s upon us to reply something in manner: “Well I’ve tried everything but God nevertheless at thy word I will try it!”

Sometimes we are asked to take a different direction in life. Sometimes we are called to follow a different course of action. Launch out into the deep and be willing to go beyond what used to work. Launch out into the deep and see the positive even in failure.

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