Today I was reading in John 21:1-25. Where Jesus appears to the disciples after they’ve been out fishing all night. (Let’s be honest, they were probably exhausted, discouraged and a little more than disappointed because they hadn’t caught a thing.) As I was reading this passage, I couldn’t help but put myself in their shoes.
I think it’s important for us to take a step back and recognize that they had no idea that Jesus was going to meet them along the shore early that morning and provide exactly what they needed. In their case, it was fish. For us, it might be a career choice, financial stability, a relationship, a marriage. No matter what it is, we can be sure of this: In the midst of our self-doubt and denial, He will give us exactly what we need, just like He did for Peter and the disciples when He told them to cast their nets out. (v. 6)
I’m going to challenge us to once again be determined in our denial. And, by determined I mean, having the faith to believe that He will call us to do that which He has equipped us. (I don’t know about you, but I know that if I would’ve been with Peter and his buddies when Jesus told them to cast their nets out again, for a second I would be just a little bit doubtful.) If we’re honest with ourselves we’ve all reached that point somewhere along the line.
It’s amazing to me that Peter and his buddies decided to step out and be brave despite their doubts. In my devotional today from She Reads Truth, Rebekah Lyons said, “Despite Peter’s denial, his place in the kingdom never changed. Jesus’ plan and purpose for him remained the same.”
All I could do was just say to the Lord, “You really have a sense of humor!” Trust me, if you could’ve heard my conversation with Him this morning, you would understand. The truth is, I love writing more than anything in the world and it is honestly what I feel He has called me to do with my life and career: To write words of encouragement and hope for Jesus Christ, so that everyone around me will understand what He’s done for you and me. Writing these blogs bring me so much joy. It’s indescribable. I feel like I fall in love with Him all over again when I write. I’m so grateful for this gift.
Now, it’s your turn.
What is the gift He has given you?
What is the thing that you dream of doing in the future, but you’re scared to think it could ever come true?
Believe it or not, God in His sovereignty has placed passions and desires in our hearts that we can use to glorify Him. (Ephesians 2:10) I promise you He has gifted you even if you don’t realize it. It’s in you because He planted it. He asks us to be patient as He reveals it to us in His timing. (By the way, when I started my original blog in my senior year of high school, I never could’ve imagined the beautiful blessings that would flow from it.) Then, we water the desire or passion He’s shown us with acts of diligence, obedience and sincere worship.
The rest is up to Him.
All we have to do is cast our net out one more time.
You’ll be amazed and abundantly blessed by what you catch.