The Leprosy Mission produces an internal daily devotional guide, The Bridge, for use in offices, hospitals, clinics and projects around the world. Current and former staff and trustees from many countries contribute to the guide. We will share with you contributions made by our staff team.
Even the things we do every day can go wrong. Some days are idyllic with calm seas, just enough breeze to fill our sails and a healthy catch of fish to meet our daily needs. Most days are harder, with challenging seas, strong winds and not as many fish as we’d hoped for. On a daily basis we all face different challenges. Finding work, facing loneliness, coping with illness, broken relationships. Even when life is overflowing with blessing, we often carry with us a sense of disappointment or failure at the same time.
Simon was having a bad day, after labouring hard, he had caught nothing. No money earned, no food for the family, just tiredness and nets to repair.
In the midst of Simon’s bad day, something extraordinary was happening around him. Crowds were flooding the water’s edge to listen to Jesus. In order to be heard, Jesus asks to use Simon’s boat as a platform, and Simon takes him out in the boat close to the shore. Jesus clearly wanted to connect with Simon and the simple request to borrow his boat meant that Simon would have a great seat beside Jesus as he taught from the boat.
There are times when simple invitations position us close to Jesus. We can hear those invitations and respond, or be the ones who reach out and invite others to allow Jesus into their lives.
After spending time beside Jesus, Simon is willing to follow his leading, and is prepared to try fishing again. When struggling with difficulties, failure and disappointment place your trust in Jesus and spend time in his presence. When feeling weak, gather with other followers of Jesus to be encouraged and supported.