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Today's Gospel: Luke 5:1-11
Laundry piles up. Bills stack up. Kids get sick. Groceries run out. The bathroom goes uncleaned for the third week in a row.
You look at the calendar and think, “OK, I just have to get through this week, and then I can catch up.”
But then, your mother asks you to take her to the doctor. And your son’s teacher asks you to come in to discuss his low math grade. And your catch-up time gets delayed yet again.
“How can I keep doing this?”
You’re at the end of your rope—exhausted, weary, and wrung out. And no matter how hard you work, you seem to have nothing to show for it. Like the fishermen in today’s Gospel, the ones who worked hard all night and caught nothing, you are ready to disembark your boat that is life.
But then, Jesus invites you to keep going. He asks you to “put out into deep water and lower your nets for a catch.” (Luke 5:4)
And just like Peter, you question what Jesus is doing.
“How can you ask more of me, Lord?”
But Jesus reminds you, “Do not be afraid.” (v. 10)
And with faith and trust in Him who gives you strength (see Philippians 4:13), you remain faithful to the work He has given you to do. And you are surprised by the grace He gives you to continue—even though you’re tired, discouraged, and overwhelmed.
My friend, you are a fisher of men!
You put aside your to-do list to comfort your sick children. You rearrange your schedule to take your mother to the doctor. You magically put together dinner, even when the cupboards are bare. And you welcome your neighbor, despite your messy house.
This is your rendition of putting out into the deep! And your efforts—big and small—delight the Lord. For this is the work He has given you, and only you, to do as His disciple.
Have you ever reached a point in life where you felt like you just could not handle one more thing? How has God encouraged you to keep going?
Lord, thank You for trusting me with the work of being a mother. Give me strength when I am weary, and help me to remember that even when I get behind, You are pleased with me, for I am your beloved daughter. Amen.
Copyright 2020 Sarah C. Damm