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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...

Jesus’ Miracles Show God’s Love

Gone fishing: Pulling in a big catch


You feel a tug. Your floater sinks. Your rod bends. Your heart leaps. You caught one! If you like fishing, you probably know that exciting feeling. Something is putting up a fight at the end of your line. And you’re about to meet it face-to-fins!

Imagine what it would be like to reel in a really big catch — a record-breaking fish. Some kids have done just that. Last May, a 12-year-old boy fishing with his dad in Maryland landed a 31.75-pound muskellunge. The whopper was the largest ever caught in the state, beating the former record holder by more than 3 pounds.

Several years ago, an 11-year-old girl from England hooked an enormous catfish during a trip to Spain. The 84-pound girl reeled in the 193-pound monster fish with a little help from her dad. The catfish was nearly twice as long as the girl was tall.

Jesus helped His friends make a really big catch. Simon Peter, James and John had been fishing all night. They weren’t just fishing for fun. These men fished for a living. They needed to sell the fish for money. But their fishing was not going well. After a night’s work, they had caught nothing. Jesus told Simon Peter to take his boat into deeper water and let down the fishing nets. When Simon Peter obeyed, something surprising happened. He caught so many fish the nets could barely hold them. When they put them in the boats, they nearly sank from the weight. Simon Peter realized it was a miracle! He fell at Jesus’ feet in amazement.

“Jesus said to Simon, ‘Don’t be afraid; from now on you will catch men’” (Luke 5:10, NIV).

Jesus invited Simon Peter to follow Him. Instead of a fisherman, Peter would become a fisher of men. Peter saw Jesus do many other miracles. Jesus healed the sick, made blind people see and even raised the dead. Peter learned from Jesus’ teachings and miracles. In time, Peter was able to teach others. Peter told people about the love and forgiveness Jesus offers. He invited them to join him in following Jesus. Peter became a fisher of men by bringing people to God.

You can fish for Jesus, too, by sharing His truth with others. A day at the lake can be fun. But there’s nothing more exciting than watching God work a miracle in someone’s life.

— Christina Quick

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