Stanley: Wait a minute that man is walking backwards!
Mr. Mathisen: That’s right Stanley. Those people keep crowding in on him and he has to walk backwards to keep from getting trampled by them. Look! He’s turned around and is talking to Peter.
Stanley: What’s he saying; I can’t hear over the noise of the crowd?
Mr. Mathisen: I’m not sure but now he’s getting into one of those boats and he’s talking to that big man. Wait! That must be Peter. Let’s run over and listen.
Stanley: Um, OK. You run. I left my legs at home.
Mr. Mathisen: Oh, Stanley. (Make running sounds) Ok, here we are at the boat. You know I think that we can squeeze into the back of the boat and see and hear everything that goes on. In we go, let’s jump!
Stanley: Wait a minute! You landed on me!
Mr. Mathisen: I did not. Wait a minute! That man is Jesus. This is Peter’s boat and Jesus is asking Peter to push the boat out into the water so that He can continue to preach but not get trampled.
Stanley: You know, Peter didn’t look to happy about this to begin with, but he just looked at Jesus for a minute and his whole face changed. Now he’s happy to help. Wow! Talking with Jesus changed his mind!
Mr. Mathisen: You sure are right Stanley. Peter didn’t want to obey at first, but looking at Jesus and hearing Him ask changed the way that Peter was acting. Now he seems to be really happy to help! And now we can sit in the boat and listen to Jesus teach the people too. Right, Stanley? Stanley? Stanley, what are you doing?
Stanley: Vroom! Vroom! Vrooooooom! Huh? Oh, I was playing motor boat with my hand in the water.
Mr. Mathisen: Shhh! Jesus is done teaching the crowd now and He’s asking Peter to move the boat out into deeper waters. Listen to what he is saying.
Jesus: “Now go out where it is deeper, and let down your nets to catch some fish.”
Peter: “Master, we worked hard all last night and didn’t catch a thing. But if You say so, I’ll let the nets down again.”
Mr. Mathisen: Look, Stanley. We’re going out farther into the lake. They’re putting their nets down. Whoa! They caught something already!
Stanley: Wait a minute the boat is tipping over! I’m gonna drown. We’re all gonna die!