February 8, 2004
 Once when [Jesus] was standing on the shore of Lake Gennesaret, the crowd was pushing in on him to better hear the Word of God.  He noticed two boats tied up. The fishermen had just left them and were out scrubbing their nets.  He climbed into the boat that was Simon's and asked him to put out a little from the shore. Sitting there, using the boat for a pulpit, he taught the crowd.
 When he finished teaching, he said to Simon, "Push out into deep water and let your nets out for a catch."
 Simon said, "Master, we've been fishing hard all night and haven't caught even a minnow. But if you say so, I'll let out the nets."  It was no sooner said than done -- a huge haul of fish, straining the nets past capacity.  They waved to their partners in the other boat to come help them. They filled both boats, nearly swamping them with the catch.
 Simon Peter, when he saw it, fell to his knees before Jesus. "Master, leave. I'm a sinner and can't handle this holiness. Leave me to myself."  When they pulled in that catch of fish, awe overwhelmed Simon and everyone with him.  It was the same with James and John, Zebedee's sons, coworkers with Simon.
Jesus said to Simon, "There is nothing to fear. From now on you'll be fishing for men and women."  They pulled their boats up on the beach, left them, nets and all, and followed him.
1. Ah, every preacher's fantasy -- to have people clamoring for a Word of GOD from me! What a great time that would be. The nave would never be of sufficient size to hold back the desire of the nations. And, oh, would we preach. We'd do it so well that even the festering places in ourselves would hear and receive healing.
What do you suspect might have to change for
even two or three to desire to hear your experience of GOD? Presuming
that others could recognize it, what would give them a clue that
there might be something valuable for them in your experience?
In these questions we return to the significant issue of community.
Are you also willing to catch the hints given by others that
their experience of GOD would be valuable for you?
How awful that awful contracts the abundance of awe-full. May you live the fuller, not the lesser life.