Fish Story

It’s astounding when God sets before you a serendipitous day! Undeniably God ordained! Oh, it’s not the bigness of that expression of His love; it is, rather, the utter inability to explain it in human terms. More than coincidence, it is God showing up gently and sweetly, reminding you that He not only puts up with you but that He delights in actively working on your behalf.

No, it does not mean the infirmities, hurts, or disappointments disappear! It says that the holy hand of God touches you so distinctly that you are bowed over, not so much physically, but in your inmost being. It’s not even the details of the testimony that will move another in hearing them, but the delight in your own heart in knowing that you know that you know that He truly LOVES you with an everlasting love that has already begun! And that He intends to not only bless you but others. As someone aptly said: “God will give more through you than to you.”

4 When he finished teaching, he said to Simon, “Push out into deep water and let your nets out for a catch.” 5-7 Simon said, “Master, we’ve been fishing hard all night and haven’t caught even a minnow. But if you say so, I’ll let out the nets.” It was no sooner said than done—a huge haul of fish, straining the nets past capacity. They waved to their partners in the other boat to come help them. They filled both boats, nearly swamping them with the catch. 8-10 Simon Peter, when he saw it, fell to his knees before Jesus. “Master, leave. I’m a sinner and can’t handle this holiness. Leave me to myself.” When they pulled in that catch of fish, awe overwhelmed Simon and everyone with him. It was the same with James and John, Zebedee’s sons, coworkers with Simon. 10-11 Jesus said to Simon, “There is nothing to fear. From now on you’ll be fishing for men and women.” They pulled their boats up on the beach, left them, nets and all, and followed him. Luke 5, The Message version

(edited 6/30/2016)

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