What are you ready to give up on, call it quits and say, “Enough is enough?
Would you change your mind if Jesus sent you an email from heaven and told you to try again, but this time do it from a different angle, take a different approach? Would you respond like Simon Peter did in the Gospel reading (Luke 5:1-11)? Would you throw your net on the other side, even though you couldn’t see any fish there and you’re way too tired?
Sometimes, Jesus does want us to quit, like when we’re casting pearls before swine. He said we should wipe the dirt from our shoes and move on. At other times, he wants us to quit because we’re not doing his will in the first place.
And sometimes he tells us to try again but differently, in a strange, perhaps foolish way. This usually occurs when success is only a few steps ahead but we can’t yet see it. Weary and losing hope, we’re unwilling to take one more step. We think God is not giving us any helpful guidance, but that’s only because we’re expecting him to say or do something that makes sense to us.
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