Once upon a time there was a fisherman. He made his living by fishing. He had a small hut with his wife and mother in law. They were very poor and struggled very hard to meet the everyday needs. Due to improper shelter and lack of food one day his mother in law fall sick. She had high fever. But the fisherman didn’t have any money to take her to the doctor. But he loved her and in spite of his tiredness from last night’s fishing he decided to go again to catch fish during night.
He struggled a lot and tried all his fishing knowledge at sea. Unfortunately, he didn’t catch even a single fish. It became morning, still he didn’t leave hope and continued to fish hoping he will catch some so he can take his mother in law to the doctor. But it turned out he couldn’t catch any fish that day. He was helpless and decided to go return home. He reached the shore and started washing the net since he thought to go for fishing again that night after some rest and wanted everything to be ready for then. While he was washing the net here comes a man with a crowd following him. The man came and asked the fisherman whether he could use his boat as a platform to address the crowd. Fisherman even though he was tired agreed and gave his boat to him. Now the man requested him to move the boat a little into the water so he can face the crowd better and the fisherman agreed.
The man started answering crowd, meanwhile this fisherman continued washing his net. Even while washing his net he was listening to what this man was speaking about. The man appeared to be a middle aged man around 30, younger to him but his words were powerful. He had such power in words that it healed the internal injuries of people and brought hope, love, comfort and peace developing faith in God. The fisherman wondered who is he? Such a young man with such great words! Anyway, he continued to wash and repair the old net.
Once the man finished addressing people, he turned to the fisherman and asked him to go to the deep and cast the net to the right side of the boat for fishing! He wondered, how can this man know about the sea better than him? He has been fishing in the sea from his childhood days and knows each and every corner of this sea by heart. Now here comes a man out of nowhere who not only troubled him a bit, but now asking to go for fishing in the morning hours! The fisherman was very tired and disheartened by the last night’s experience of not catching any fish. But he remembered the words this man spoke to the crowd and said “Master, I have been working hard the whole night and caught none, but in your word I will go to fish now.” The fisherman took this man and sailed to the deep sea and cast the net as per the man said to the right side of the boat. To his amazement he had a big catch and couldn’t pull the net all by himself. He cried for help and his friends went to him and together they filled two boats full of fish and still the net didn’t break!
The fisherman was filled with happiness and tears of joy came rolling down his cheeks. He was speechless for until that day, no one had an encounter with him as he did and didn’t know what to say and told the man as I am a sinner please leave me. In other words I am not worthy to stand by you so please leave me. But the man instead of leaving him said don’t be afraid. Follow me, for today onwards you will become catching men and the fisherman left his boat, net and everything and followed him.
Later, this man later visited this fisherman’s house and he healed his mother in law’s fever and she got up from the bed and served them!
This fisherman left everything and followed the man who came to help him in his helplessness. The man continued to keep the fisherman with him for the next three and a half years and thought many things to this fisherman. At the end of three and a half years he was no longer the same old fisherman who was shy and struggling, but he became a great preacher bringing many others who were struggling like him to the man –Jesus– and became the first Apostle of the New Testament Church Peter!
Peter became one of the twelve foundation stones of New Testament Church and proclaimed the gospel of Jesus which changed his life and brought many to Christ for the glory of God’s name.
Later in his last days remembering all the previous incidents in his life Apostle Peter wrote in his letter- ‘Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.’ (1 Peter 5:6-7 NIV)
Which even today to the people of this 21st century, even after 2000 years after writing, finds hope and courage to face tomorrow, no matter how helpless we appear in our current situations.
The same Jesus who helped Peter in his helplessness is right beside you to help you and deliver you from your no hope situation. Therefore, when you appear absolutely helpless do not lose hope, but trust in God, he is there right beside you to help you and bring out of any situation you are in for he said he cares for you and he promised he will not leave you alone nor forsake you! Therefore put your trust in God.
For every helpless situation of man is a perfect opportunity for God to work with!
“Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5 NIV)
‘He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young.’ (Isaiah 40:11 NIV)
‘But now, this is what the Lord says— he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.’ (Isaiah 43:1-2 NIV)
‘One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret, the people were crowding around him and listening to the word of God. He saw at the water’s edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets. 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. When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.” 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.” When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. 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. When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!” For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, 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.” So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him.’ (Luke 5:1-11 NIV)
‘When Jesus came into Peter’s house, he saw Peter’s mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever. He touched her hand and the fever left her, and she got up and began to wait on him.‘ (Matthew 8:14-15 NIV)
‘Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.’ (1 Peter 5:6-7 NIV)
‘Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.’ (Philippians 4:6-7 NIV)