Friday, April 28, 2017

Launch Into the Deep

Now it happened that while Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret (Sea of Galilee), with the people crowding all around Him and listening to the word of God;
that He saw two boats lying at the edge of the lake, but the fishermen had gotten out of them and were washing their nets.
He got into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, and asked him to put out a little distance from the shore. And He sat down and began teaching the crowds from the boat.
When He had finished speaking, He said to Simon [Peter], “Put out into the deep water and lower your nets for a catch [of fish].”
Simon replied, “Master, we worked hard all night [to the point of exhaustion] and caught nothing [in our nets], but at Your word I will [do as you say and] lower the nets [again].” When they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their nets were [at the point of] breaking; so they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both of the boats [with fish], so that they began to sink.

Luke 5: 1-7 Amplified

  This passage is filled will many valuable insights. The one I want to focus on is when Jesus asked Peter to launch into the deep. I imagine that Peter thought that Jesus was ignorant about fishing. After all He is a teacher and a carpenter. What does this man named Jesus know about fishing? But perhaps out of respect for this teacher, Peter decided to humor Jesus and lower the nets in the deep water. Much to his surprise, Jesus did know something about fish and perhaps more...
   Has God ever asked you to launch into the deep? Especially in a place that you have once lived and had no plans of putting down roots again... Several years ago, God asked Tim and me to go back and live in Abilene. I had no bitter feelings about Abilene, but it was a place where very good and very bad things happened to our family. With a willing heart my husband and I decided to say yes to God's request. We didn't know what it was going to look like, but we set our hearts to go.
   Our yes was the net. But we had no idea what we would be doing. I had thought about applying for a teaching position in the area and Tim said he would look for a job in Abilene. My heart was sad about Tim having to leave the job he had in San Antonio. The company he was working for was one of the best jobs he has ever had. I just prayed and asked to God to open the doors that needed to be opened.
   Shortly after saying yes to God, I was asked to serve as a resident missionary with Iris Abilene. I was excited and honored that God opened that door! Tim and I decided that I would go and move to Abilene while we waited for the lease for our apartment to expire. Several weeks before moving, we went to Abilene to put deposits on the utilities. Some friends were having a Bible study and invited us to come while we were in Abilene. They asked how they could pray for us. We asked them to  agree with us that God will open up a job opportunity for Tim. Then one of my friends spoke up and suggested wouldn't it be nice if the company Tim works for would open up a branch here. Tim and I looked at each other knowing that this company usually acquires businesses in large cities. But we went ahead and prayed in agreement with the group.
   Several weeks later, Tim called me on the phone and said he had heard rumors that the company was looking to acquire a business in the West Texas area. Long story short... Yes, they acquired a business in Abilene and Tim was transferred to Abilene. There are many more miracles connected with this purchase. God is awesome! He is faithful!
   Has God been asking you to launch into the deep? I want to encourage you to say yes. Launch your net into the deep. It doesn't mean you won't face challenges, but you can be confident that God will be with you at all times. Launch that net and begin an adventure with God!