An Open Letter to Simon Peter

“…Simon answered, ‘Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.’…” (Luke 5:5)

Dear Peter,

I am writing to you to ask you a very important question, a question which pre-occupied my mind most of this day. Here it goes:

What made you do it?

You know what I mean. You were very tired that day, remember? “Weary” might be a more apt word. It was a long night. Your feet were aching. Your eyes were heavy. Your spirit was just about to give up. You gave it your best shot. You gave it your all. But the fish, for some reason, were somewhere else that night. They probably knew you were coming for them, and they decided to give you a really hard time. That’s why I was wondering what made you do what you did.

Why did you have to take orders from a carpenter? You knew the seas better than him. You were a fisherman for crying out loud! Your feet were wet a good portion of your life. So why did you obey? Why did you follow? Was it his charisma? Was it his eloquence? Or his charm?

Or maybe it wasn’t about him. Maybe it was about you? They said you were desperate to make a catch that day. And anybody who was desperate was sure to grab any chance he might get, no matter how slim that chance was.

I can identify well with you today. Just like you then, I had been tired today. Wearied. A bit burdened. A little anxious. That was probably why your response to Jesus’ command in today’s Gospel got me really thinking. When Jesus asked you to “put out into the deep” to fish again, your response was a classic:

“…Simon answered, ‘Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.’…” (Luke 5:5)

I still don’t know what made you do what you did. The bible is silent as to your reason. But I admit, it does give a clue. Despite your tiredness and fatigue, you gathered your men and your nets to put out into the deep and fish again that night.

Why?

 Simply because Jesus said so. Period. Simple. End of story.

I take inspiration from this. And so will many readers of this blog.

When we have no more reason to go on. Or persevere. Or hang on. Or remain. We will. Simply because God says so. And that would be enough for us.

We will remain in that ministry.

We will stay in that church.

We will hang on to that marriage.

We will persevere in that job.

We will keep on fighting that disease.

Just like you, we will be honest enough to tell the Lord our weariness. But just like you, we will be faithful enough to obey just because God says so.

No other reasons are necessary. No other reasons are required.

God’s Word is and should always be enough for us.

I remain,

Bobby

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