Stanley: Wait a minute the boat is tipping over! I’m gonna drown. We’re all gonna die!
Mr. Mathisen: Stanley, you are not going to drown, and we are not all gonna die. Pay attention to what’s going on. Peter is calling to those friends of his with that other boat. They are coming to help us with this huge catch of fish.
Stanley: Maybe we can have fish and chips for lunch then.
Mr. Mathisen: Stanley! Pay attention this is important stuff going on here. We’re with Jesus and Peter. Look the other boat is here, and the two boats are hauling the fish in.
Stanley: I’ve never seen so many fish in one place in my life. Uh oh! The boat is getting so full of fish that…that. We’re gonna sink! I’m gonna drown. We’re all gonna die!
Mr. Mathisen: Stanley! Will you stop that? Listen Peter is talking to Jesus. Now he’s gotten down on his knees right here in the boat.
Peter: Oh, Lord, please leave me—I’m too much of a sinner to be around You.
Mr. Mathisen: Did you hear that Stanley? Listen! Jesus is answering him.
Jesus: Don’t be afraid! From now on you’ll be fishing for people!
Stanley: Look! We’re almost back to the shore. All those other fishermen are coming to help with all these fish!
Mr. Mathisen: We better get out of the boat and keep out of the way Stanley. Here we are, it’s much better up here on the beach a little ways.
Stanley: Can I keep this fish that got into my pocket? I bet my mom can cook it up really good!
Mr. Mathisen: No Stanley. It doesn’t belong to us. Let’s go back down to where they are spreading the fish out on the beach and put it in with the rest. Wait a minute, Peter and his friends are leaving all these fish and their boats and following Jesus.
Stanley: Wow! That’s right. Where are they going? Wait is that Jesus talking again?
Mr. Mathisen: Yes. I can just make it out He is saying. “Don’t be afraid! From now on you’ll be fishing for people!” Wow! It looks like choosing to obey Jesus really changed Peter’s life.
Stanley: It sure did. Look at all these fish! They are just walking away from them. I’ll bet they never did that before.
Mr. Mathisen: Stanley, I think that Peter and his friends James and John are going to find themselves doing a lot of things that they never did before, just because they decided to obey Jesus. Sometimes Jesus asks us to do things that may not make much sense, at first. But we need to obey Him anyway because He is God, and He knows what is best for us. You boys and girls need to do the same thing. Obey Jesus and obey your parents and teachers.