One day while the disciples were waiting for Jesus to reappear after his resurrection, Peter said to his bored companions, “I am going fishing.”  With nothing else to do, they said, “We’ll go with you.”  So off they went, got into the boat, and fished all night.  Nothing.  Early in the morning, they saw someone on the shore.  He calls to them, “Friends, have you caught any fish?” “No,” they mutter.  “Throw your net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.”  I can imagine them thinking, “That’s dumb.  No one throws their net on the right side.  This is the starboard side, and the steering is attached to that side.  Our net will get tangled in it, and we will lose the fish.  We are professional fishermen.  Who asked him?”

But looking at each as to say, “What do we have to lose?” and tossed the fishing net in.  BAM!  There were so many fish in the net they could not haul it in.”  Then the disciple Jesus loved said, “It is the Lord!”  

Two points:  first, we get so stuck in a rut doing the same thing repeatedly because we are “professional” and know the right way; second, with Jesus, nothing is impossible.  He can fill whatever empty net we may have.  Remember, “Our heavenly Father has a thousand ways to provide for us of which we know nothing.  Those who accept the one principle of making the service of God supreme will find perplexities vanish and a plain path before their feet.”  When Jesus is present, He knows what to do.

I like what Peter did next, “Wrapping his outer garment around him, he plunged into the water.”  Ready to take the plunge!