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Tuesday, 01 September 2009 17:40

M any experiences in life do not turn out as we would prefer. We know that sometimes our best efforts will lead to disappointment. But sometimes God also intervenes in a way that causes us to look with wonder at his work in our lives. When our boats are loaded unexpectedly, we then see the goodness of God; we also see our own shortcomings and lack of trust in God’s goodness. 

 

Memorial of Saint Gregory the Great

Colossians 1:9-14

Psalm 98:2-3ab, 3cd-4, 5-6

L uke 5:1-11 While the people pressed upon him to hear the word of God, he was standing by the lake of Gennes'aret. (2) And he saw two boats by the lake; but the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. (3) Getting into one of the boats, which was Simon's, he asked him to put out a little from the land. And he sat down and taught the people from the boat. (4) And when he had ceased speaking, he said to Simon, "Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch." (5) And Simon answered, "Master, we toiled all night and took nothing! But at your word I will let down the nets." (6) And when they had done this, they enclosed a great shoal of fish; and as their nets were breaking, (7) they beckoned to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. (8) But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, "Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord." (9) For he was astonished, and all that were with him, at the catch of fish which they had taken; (10) and so also were James and John, sons of Zeb'edee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, "Do not be afraid; henceforth you will be catching men." (11) And when they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed him.

         

Meditation by Edward Morse

L ast month my family spent time backpacking in the mountains. We had high hopes of enjoying freshly caught trout, and we dutifully packed along much equipment for this fishing expedition.  We gave it our best effort, enduring rain, hail, and cold, and yet we were utterly disappointed. On our last evening in the mountains, I hoped earnestly that my children would have the privilege of catching a fish – a first-time experience for some of them. But it was not to be.  We had to be content eating the dried food we packed along. Though we still enjoyed our trip, it was a small source of disappointment. We tried so hard and yet our efforts did not yield fulfillment – at least in the form of a fish to eat.

 

Many experiences in life do not turn out as we would prefer. We know that sometimes our best efforts will lead to disappointment. But sometimes God also intervenes in a way that causes us to look with wonder at his work in our lives. When a contract comes through at the last minute, we land a job we needed, or we experience the grace of healing for a loved one, we experience tears of relief and joy at such times. When our boats are loaded unexpectedly, we then see the goodness of God; we also see our own shortcomings and lack of trust in God’s goodness.  Like Peter, who initially responded to Jesus as “Master”, perhaps out of courtesy or a sense of social obligation, we respond to God differently after he fills our boat.  We see in a new way; our eyes are opened to the work of God and to our need to grow in it.

 

Paul’s letter to the Colossians also reminds us that we need the perspective of community and prayer to avoid being trapped by disappointments.  Having “the spiritual wisdom and understanding to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord” is not something we acquire or retain very well on our own.  I need that unceasing prayer about which Paul writes! Peter could not have understood his night of fruitless labor fully until his boat was filled that next day.  Perhaps our efforts that don’t pay off immediately are also shaping our lives in a way that is not yet apparent to us. We need the encouragement of friends during such times.

 

Moreover, we need to be reminded of an abiding and important truth:  God “has made you fit to share in the inheritance of the holy ones in light. He delivered us from the power of darkness and transferred us to the Kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” (Col. 1: 12b-14).  These are not just empty words.  We are being equipped to live with God and the saints forever.  Let us pray for one another and share a kind word with a friend today who may need encouragement to press on in the midst of a difficult time.

 

 

 

Supplementary Reading

Unexpected Opportunities

 

Listen, my son, and be wise, and set your heart on the right path. – Proverbs 23:19

 

T he Quakers were taught to pray each night before they went to sleep. And they were also taught to pray on awakening each morning to seek divine wisdom by coming up with a fresh list of what they could do that day. The new day might be a virtual repeat of the day before, but not necessarily!

 

The morning news comes on. An unexpected phone call interrupts. A conversation takes place that results in a new idea—and your priorities bend to accommodate it.

 

Providence has a way of challenging our carefully planned day with uninvited and unexpected fresh possibilities. So make a new priority list every morning. You'll be surprised at how frequently your priorities can and should be urgently, wisely, and even compassionately revised.

 

 

 

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Choose to accept today's uninvited interruptions and unexpected opportunities as a bouquet of fresh possibilities.

 

Share your thoughts...

 

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This excerpt was taken from the "Power for Life Daily Devotional" _ Robert H. Schuller

 

 

 

GOD BLESS US ALL!

O Theos Na Mas Evlogisi!
PRAY
as if everything depended on HIM. ACT as if everything depended on YOU.

 

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