You can always tell a fisherman-but you can't tell him much! They are, I have discovered, a unique group of folks who have their own ideas as to how you catch a fish. The trouble is that most of them know what they are talking about.
Our Lord, you may recall, surrounded Himself with fishermen while seeking to fulfill His calling here on earth. On one occasion He found Himself in one of their boats as he sat and taught the multitudes. After He was through, He suggested that they push out into the deeper water if they expected to catch any fish (Luke 5:4). Simon Peter, an outspoken fisherman if ever there was one, reminded the Lord that they had been fishing all night without catching anything. "Nevertheless," he would "let down a net" because Jesus had asked him to do so (Luke 5:5). How surprised Peter was when the net came back so filled with fish it nearly broke. Convicted by what had happened, Peter fell at the feet of Jesus and acknowledged that he was a sinful man (Luke 5:8). the disciples caught fish, but only after fishing in the deeper water.
In our walk with the Lord, I wonder if we are not guilty, like the disciples, of fishing too near the shore. Not wanted to get too carried away with things having spiritual overtones, we are content, it seems, to remain in the shallow waters of compromise and convenience. We are much like the man who, when was asked if he was a Christian, replied, "Yes, but not offensively so." In our desire to be non-offensive, we remain in the shallow waters where little ever happens. No wonder our nets, as well as our hearts, are so often empty. To change that, we must join the disciples in the deeper water.
Lord, don't let us be "shallow water" Christians. Amen