And He got into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, and asked him to put out a little way from the land. And He sat down and began teaching the people from the boat. Luke 5:3
I love this image. Here is Simon Peter, minding his own business, having worked all day and is washing his nets, and then Jesus gets into his boat. So it goes with God. How often have you been about your day, all is normal, then the Lord shows up with a lesson.
God doesn’t need an invitation. He doesn’t need our permission. Jesus gets into Simon’s boat and starts giving out orders. When you are THE MASTER, you don’t need permission. There’s no squabbling with God’s wants. If Jesus states to you, set out into deep waters, you go. You don’t argue, but Lord, we’ve been fishing all day and what’s the point. If I had shown up and got in Simon’s boat, he would have thrown me out. When Jesus shows up in the boat, Simon does as he’s told.
God has a way of just showing up with a lesson. Who are you to argue when the Lord gets into your boat? Do we argue, get out of my boat, or do we do as we’re told? We live in a society that says our needs are more important. Who is anyone to show up and tell me where to go or what to do. When the Master is God Himself, we’re better off when we listen. We’re better off when we do as we’re told.