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.Luke 5:3
“…put out a little from the land.”
When have you ever gone about your daily business only to have something or someone throw a spanner in the works? How did you feel? Frustrated? Angry? Patient? This is the experience of the these men. They had worked all night showing little to no results for their effort, mending their nets looking forward to a well deserved rest only to have Jesus tell them to stop what they are doing, put their plans on hold, get back back in the boat and go just a little way out. Seriously?! We can only imagine how frustrating this may have been especially when Jesus takes up residence on their boat by sitting down and continues to teach the people. What an inconvenience this was for these men.
Today, we live with such hustle and bustle that the littlest incident can cause us to become inconvenienced. The challenge in such times is how do we respond? For Jesus still leads people at times to such places. From our perspective such an invitation can be easily interpreted as an inconvenience. However, we may not realize what presence of grace that has invaded our daily routine as Jesus comes alongside to teach and to lead us toward so much more than what we could ever imagine.
How would we respond to such an invitation? How willing are you to pause, stop what you are doing and readjust your position according Jesus and His purposes