Perhaps it is because I love fishing, but I really like this image. I was teaching a series in my youth group about what faith is. We read and studied the story in the gospels of Jesus meeting Peter, Andrew, James, and John for the first time on the shore of lake Gennesaret, in Galilee, after being out all night trying to catch fish. Fishing was their whole lively hood, but unfortunately they had a terrible night and caught nothing. This situation could have even been going on for sometime and their frustration growing. They were experienced fishermen, with a lifetime of knowledge and experience, and yet they couldn’t catch anything after trying all night. Enters Jesus who listens to their hard times, and his response to that was…. go out and cast your nets again but cast it on the other side this time. I can hear them… “WHAT?” Here is where knowledge and faith seem to confront each other. Faith doesn’t contradict knowledge. Faith enhances it beyond what we can understand and explain. Jesus didn’t ask them to throw away the knowledge of their skill, just to extend it from head knowledge to heart knowledge, trusting in Him and learning to enjoy the experience of God. Peter’s response is one of agitation at first and frustration, and tiredness, but in the end…Obedience. Action at work despite what your head is telling you. The result… the biggest catch they had ever seen. So many fish that they needed two boats, and even the nets beginning to break. We live in difficult times no doubt, and the question is out there as to how much are we willing to trust God? Will we let our knowledge be stretched beyond what we can comprehend and allow faith to take root?
The medium: Coloured graphic pens on Watercolour paper