One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret,the people were crowding around him and listening to the word of God. He saw at the water’s edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets. He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat.
When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.”
Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.”
When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink.
When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!” For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, 10 and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon’s partners.
Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people.” So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him.
~ Luke 5: 1-11
Every Sunday morning, my husband and I enjoy the newspaper and a cup of coffee. It’s been our Sunday routine for the past 14+ years of marriage. Included in that routine is a cursory look at the employment section. Usually every Sunday I will grasp straws at some sort of “real” job that maybe I can obtain to help give us some financial security.
Despite the fact that I’ve spent the last few months hitting my head against a wall and knowing without a doubt that I’m not going to find my financial security in finding a job for myself, I keep looking. Yesterday was no different, I found a “job” and of course my mind started wandering how to make it work; how to obtain it. No thought to whether this is what the Lord was leading me to. Then we went to church and the pastor preached from this passage in Luke. I felt so much like Peter. The Lord is continually calling me to get back in my boat and be content and follow and trust. To stop whining an complaining and not trusting. I don’t want to. I want to do things my way. I don’t think it’s worth it. I don’t believe that He can do anything or make anything happen.
But I knew yesterday that Lord was telling me to get in the boat and cast my net out. I don’t know what He is going to fill it with, but I know without a doubt that he is going to fill it. And not by me looking and grabbing the fish myself, but in focusing on Him and Him alone.
164. so thankful for His mercy
165. so thankful for His patience with my lack of trust
166. thankful for time with friends this weekend
167. thankful for cuddles from a sweet little girl
168. thankful for watching my little guy get tackled in football and stand up smiling
169. thankful for the way that He is teaching all of us perseverance
170. thankful that I am home and don’t have to figure out how and who is going to take care of a sick little girl
171. thankful for 15 minutes of prayer this morning
172. thankful for the promise of full nets