Casting call

As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen.

Mark 1:16 (NIV)

It’s impressive to watch videos of modern day fishermen casting their nets and see how far they throw and the perfect spread of the net when it touches the water’s surface.

What is immediately noticeable is how much force they use when casting. Indeed the first definition of “casting” in the Oxford dictionary is “throw, especially deliberately or forcefully”. Also, no part of the net is to remain on the jetty or in the boat but, rather, the whole thing should land completely in the water.

Years after Jesus first called Peter to follow Him, that same fisherman wrote in a letter to Christians to “cast all your anxiety on him [God] because he cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7, NIV)

Whilst in the original Greek, it is not the same word, the two words used both do mean “to throw” and both are translated as “cast” in many English translations. The word in 1 Peter is the same one used in Luke 19:35 when the people “threw” the coats on the colt for Jesus to sit on.

In the midst of COVID19 let us cast, let us throw our anxiety on God, for He cares for us. And remember therefore that once we have done so our worries need not be “in the boat” with us any more but have been deliberately and forcefully thrown to Almighty God, ruler of all, for His concern.