Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus. He called out to them, “Friends, haven’t you any fish?” “No,” they answered. He said, “Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.” When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish. (John 21:4-6 NIV)
There are a few things to note in these scriptures, but I will write about one in particular. The power of obedience. To be in a place where you feel like nothing’s happening, and even those who walk with you are getting frustrated due to lack of results, can be taxing. Sometimes you’re even asking yourself, “How long will I be in this place?” Feeling stuck, powerless, and unmotivated, finding strength can be hard when someone comes along, and tells you to try it one…more…time.
I’m sure when the disciples answered, “No”, they had come to terms with the fact that it was almost time to go back home. They wasted enough time trying to be successful with this tedious task. Then, God speaks one sentence that changes everything. He challenges them to pick up the heavy net that they had cast into the water countless times, only to return with nothing, one…more…time. The funny thing is, they do it. They don’t ask why, they don’t get into the logistics, they don’t say anything to explain that they’ve already repeatedly tried, they just do it. That’s when breakthrough happens. It happens not just on an average scale of mediocrity, but it happens “exceeding, abundantly, above all [they] could ask or think…” The net couldn’t contain the blessing. And guess what else…there were a “large number of fish.
Don’t stop dreaming, don’t stop believing, don’t give up. Take a moment to hear what God is saying and throw your net out one…more…time. When we’re obedient, even in our desire to give up, God steps in the situation and overwhelms us with the results.