Take the carpenter fishing.
The seasoned professional fishermen had been fishing all night long. The fish weren’t biting.
An observant carpenter stood on the shore with a different perspective.
“Any luck?” he asked.
“Not even a nibble,” came the reply from the boat.
The carpenter had a subtle suggestion, “Try the other side of the boat.”
The fisherman stopped, looked at each other and thought to themselves, “Who does this guy think he is? He should leave the fishing to the professionals.”
About the time the fishermen were about to give the carpenter a piece of their minds, their leader turned to the team and said, “Hey, why not? We have tried everything else!”
One tweak and their nets were full. What made the difference? Listening to the carpenter.
Jesus is the carpenter. When we invite the carpenter into our lives we gain the added benefit of divine direction.
Yes, he may be a carpenter by trade but he is also the creator of the universe who is willing to come alongside us as we are willing recognize how the insight he provides can be trusted, even when we don’t understand.
Listening to the carpenter requires faith. It requires trust. We may scratch our heads and dare believe we know better. But one thing is for sure, everything is better when we take the carpenter fishing!
(Inspired by John 21)