February 5

Luke 5:1-5

“Simon answered, ‘Master, we have worked all night long but have caught nothing. Yet if you say so, I will let down the nets.’” vs. 5

The gospels present a couple of different scenarios to describe Simon’s introduction to Jesus. Luke was evidently aware of Mark’s brief account but chose to flesh it out with some helpful detail, e.g. we discover that Simon had let Jesus use his boat as a pulpit to address the crowd that had gathered at the beach. Simon may even have liked what he heard, though Luke goes on to tell us that he was reluctant to trust Jesus as a fish locator. Still, he did what was asked–even if he didn’t have high expectations. That’s a hard thing to do! Many of us have particular areas of expertise, and generally we don’t take kindly to neophytes who presume to tell us our business. In fact, most would probably just ignore the advice and move on. Simon was tired, his nets needed mending, and his men were ready to go home. But there was just something about Jesus–and even though he didn’t know a perch from a pickerel, Simon did what he was told. Maybe he just had a hunch! It’s amazing how many blessings come our way when we lay aside logic and start following our hunches! These are the moments when trust trumps rationality and we catch glimpses of the Divine Presence. It happened for Simon; it can happen for us.

Thought for the Day: A time when following a hunch really paid off!

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