Getting into one of the boats, which was Simon's, he asked him to put out a little from the land. And he sat down and taught the people from the boat. And when he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” And Simon answered, “Master, we toiled all night and took nothing! But at your word I will let down the nets.” And when they had done this, they enclosed a large number of fish, and their nets were breaking. They signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink.After Jesus reveals who he is, the disciples are inspired. Jesus not only inspires them, but gives them a challenge. "You will be catching men." What an incredible way for Jesus to reveal himself and then give them their life calling. A perfectly planned miracle at the end of a hard days work. Jesus is the example for us to live by. He taught and loved his disciples but they did not see him for who he really was. Only when they were at their witts end were they able to see. Jesus waited for his disciples to get to this point. He was ready to reveal himself when the moment was right.
But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord.” For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish that they had taken, and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men.” And when they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed him. -- Luke 5:3-11
You may be able to remember when you first heard the Lord's call or maybe a time more recently. Jesus said, "Throw your net on the other side." He continues to speak to us today. "But do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men." The Lord will provide the catch if we throw our nets. I want to encourage you to share about times that the Lord has spoken to you and to remember how you knew it was the Lord.
Family camping trips are amazing times to build memories. They can also be an opportunity to unify and inspire your family. My challenge to you is to pray about how you can plan to make your next family trip one that reminds everyone how amazing God is.