Just reading the words “let down” can automatically sink ones heart. What if I showed you two passages of scripture that might change your reaction? The first is found in the book of Luke and is the response of a fisherman named Simon, who had an unsuccessful night of fishing. Jesus tells him to try again. “But because you say so, I will let down the nets.” (5:5). The obedience of this man, who would later be renamed Peter, was a net full of fish and a career change. The other is found in the same chapter, when a few friends found a creative way to get their paralyzed friend, who was laying on a mat, in front of Jesus. “When they couldn’t find a way in because of the crowd, they went up on the roof, removed some tiles, and let him down in the middle of everyone, right in front of Jesus.” (5:18). Because of the friends faith, the man was healed.
Both of these stories give me hope because in the presence of Jesus everything can change. When we get to the end of ourselves, when we are tired and empty, perhaps this is where Jesus is best seen. We might even be in a place were we need some friends to physically carry us to the feet of Jesus and borrow some of their faith. If that is your case, please let me know and I will gladly come to your side. I have been in both places myself.
Our days are unsure and being let down can turn into despair. Do not let that happen, for your Savior awaits with healing, fullness and purpose. Who knows? Maybe this pandemic will change our hearts and turn us towards people instead of what we can catch on our own. Then we will be better equipped to serve those in need of carrying. Because the last time I checked, there are many people hurting and in need all around us.