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Topic: Gone Fishing (02/01/07)
TITLE: Rescued at Sea
By Jimmy Green
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I can just imagine this sign hanging from the Apostle Peter’s door after the crucifixion of our Lord Jesus. After all, the plan Peter had figured out for his life (as well as for the life of Jesus) just had not come to pass. Instead of enjoying life with his friend Jesus, Peter was Dealing with the fallout from His death. Rather than serving with his Savior, Peter was searching for the answer to countless questions. So Peter decides to cast off and go fishing, and leave his troubles behind onshore.
His course of action is easy to understand. For there have been many times I have joined Peter in my own “boat”--going back to the vessel of self-sufficiency, where the surroundings are so familiar and my own hand is at the helm of my life. Of course, it is not too long before it becomes apparent that the boat I am in is starting to take on water, and the course I have plotted is not taking me where I really desire to go.
And that’s when it happens. Little things morph into overwhelming tasks. Routine responsibilities result in mounting frustration. Soon nothing will soothe my spirit nor satisfy my soul. Amid the wind and the waves I cannot see the safe harbor, and I realize that my current state is beyond my ability to rectify.
Ironically, it is at the point when I come to believe that my defeat is at hand and nothing on earth can help me that I hear Jesus calling out to me. In reality, He has been repeatedly trying to get my attention for some time, yet while my focus was on my own sufficiency I could not make out the voice of the One who mattered. Then, as He did with Peter, the Lord instructs me in some small step of faith. With my obedience, the “nets” in my life suddenly fill to overflowing, and I am once again reminded Who is really in control of my life and circumstances.
How wonderful it is when we leave the shore to go fishing, and end up getting caught ourselves by the Master of the Sea.
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