"Put out into the deep water and lower your nets for a catch." Lk 5:4b
Peter and his fellow fishermen had been out all night. You could say they had an unsuccessful night of work. Jesus calls them back to the seashore of Galilee and asks them to go out one more time. With hesitation they respond. After leaving the shore Jesus invites them once again to lower their nets for a catch. In their minds they were thinking, "Jesus, are you crazy. We have been at this all night and caught nothing." They are resistant because they do not want to go through the embarrassment of lowering their nets and once again only to find them empty. They take a leap of faith and accept Jesus' invitation and their life is forever changed as they pull in nets overflowing with fish. Jesus says, ""Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men." When they brought their boats to the shore, they left everything and followed him. Lk 5:10-11
It takes great courage to 'take the plunge' and begin the seminary process. Great fear can be experienced when a man considers taking the plunge by beginning the application process for the seminary. Jesus is inviting you to come with him out onto the sea of Galilee and lower your nets, even if it means the risk of embarrassment, facing fear, or going in a direction with life that you never imagined. Jesus will never lead you where his grace does not sustain you.