There is something soothing and refreshing about being near open water. When I need to be alone, or want to think, I prefer to sit near a lake, or walk along the beach. Even a gentle rain refreshes my spirit. It’s not always possible to be near water, but when I can, the presence of water has a powerful and calming effect on me.
I pondered this as I was reading Luke 5:1-11, the passage where Jesus calls his first disciples.
One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret, the people were crowding around him and listening to the word of God. 2 He saw at the water’s edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets.3 He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat.
4 When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.”
5 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.”
6 When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. 7 So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink.
8 When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!” 9 For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, 10 and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon’s partners.
Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people.” 11 So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him.
I think Jesus teaching the people from the water’s edge probably had a soothing and comforting effect on them. How refreshing to be near the water and also hear the life-changing teachings of our Lord and Savior. What I find most interesting is that Jesus called his first disciples from the water, and also chose to reward them for their obedience.
Jesus is full of refreshment for the soul, and when we follow Him, He will show us great things.
May you find refreshment for your soul today.
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