When Jesus had finished speaking, he told Simon, “Row the boat out into the deep water and let your nets down to catch some fish.” “Master,” Simon answered, “we have worked hard all night long and have not caught a thing. But if you tell me to, I will let the nets down.”
(Luke 5:4-5 CEV)
At some point, we’ve all felt like Simon. After working hard all night and not catching a thing, Simon had every right to be discouraged. But here is what I admire about him. When told to try again, Simon obeyed Jesus. The result? “They did it and caught so many fish that their nets began ripping apart. Then they signaled for their partners in the other boat to come and help them. The men came, and together they filled the two boats so full that they both began to sink” (Luke 5:6-7). How many times have I heard someone say, “I’ve tried…but nothing,” only to have that need met in a way that they never expected. Jesus always shows up when things seem hopeless, so don’t give up!
Don’t give up when things seem hopeless.