Jesus said to them, “Children, do you have any fish?” They answered him, “No.” He said to them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in, because of the quantity of fish. John 21:5,6
Do you get caught in a loop of doing the same thing over and over, regardless of the results, because that’s what worked in the past? Are you holding on to old routines and practices that are failing to produce the outcome you want? Have you considered that, standing on the side-lines, God is trying to get your attention?
Simon, Andrew, James and John were all seasoned fishermen and knew exactly how to fish, where to fish and when to fish. They had gone out in what was probably the right conditions and with the right equipment. They adopted their usual routine and waited. The nets were hauled in; nothing, and so began the loop. Throw nets out, wait, haul nets in, nothing. Throw nets out, wait, haul nets in, nothing. It’s bearable the first few times, but as the hours roll past, despair and frustration grow. As dawn breaks, it’s time to admit defeat, but then a voice speaks and tells them to try the other side of the boat. They could have ignored the advice and let the situation end in failure, but the person on the shore had got their attention. What a change in circumstances.
If you are caught in a loop of failure, stop and listen for the voice of the Lord. Failure doesn’t mean you are on the wrong path, (or in the wrong boat), you just might need a change of tactics.
Just because you have done something the same way for as long as you can remember, don’t be afraid to allow the Lord to show you a different way.