One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret, the people were crowding around him and listening to the word of God. 2 He saw at the water’s edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets. 3 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.
4 When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.”
5 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.”
6 When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. 7 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.
I have done it once again and been away from my blog for FAR too long. I apologize. Life.
Peter and the guys were obedient to Christ, even in their state of exhaustion, and the Lord fills their boat to the point of near disaster; sinking. Ever think about that? Ever consider the “danger” of God’s blessings? Yep, you read that right, danger.
If we are in Christ, we are spiritual beings living in a “material world”; a world that often time does not jive with the ways of God. We can be so blessed by God that it rocks the boat of the here and now. We can be so blessed by God that it endangers the life we have created in this world. We can be so blessed by God that the borders of our life cannot contain the enormity of the blessing. We can be so blessed by God that the emotions of this life are in total opposition to the gift given and it endangers “our boat.”
I think that is where I have been. I have been heeding the voice of God and venturing out in riskier waters and the bounty in my boat has tipped me near to sinking several times. The threat of sinking has the ability to cause panic, confusion, and a host of other negative emotions. So I have been venturing in and out of these waters trying to learn the ways of living in a bounty of blessing. I truly do not desire to ever go back to the safe waters again and yet these deep waters tear at the fiber and emotions of the world I was born into and it hurts….bottom line; it hurts; it tears, and stretches, remolds, breaks apart and severs. We live in a world of the “here and now” and God gives us blessings of the “yet to be.” The bounty of the blessings can only be received by the stretching of our faith, our trust, our desire for Christ above our desire for our safety and security.
And so I tell you the truth, it frightens me; God’s bounty demands much of me and much of you. I will continue out into the deep waters, because that is where my Lord calls me. I will welcome His blessings and pray that my relationship with Him will strengthen and change me to the point that even if the boat I have created is sunk to the bottom of this world, He will raise me up to walk on the waters with Him.
Bless Your Heart,