"Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch."
A few years ago it dawned on me that I may possibly be allergic to fun. I was at the beach with my family, and my sweetly patient husband begged me to come out into the water. I went against every instinct that I have and went with him…terrified! There is something about the water that doesn’t jive with me. The fact that I sometimes couldn’t touch the bottom with my feet almost sent me into panic mode…except when he was holding onto me.
Ironically, when it comes to my sweetly patient Jesus, I want to go as deep as I possibly can. I want to push away from the crowded shallow water, and pursue Him in a way that is almost terrifying.
When the Lord climbed into Peter’s boat, He wanted him to simply “put out a little from shore,” so that He could teach the people. However, when it came time to draw the fish in, it was time to put out into the deep.
We live a lot of wonderful moments in the shallow end—times of training and learning, fellowship and faith-building, waiting and wading. Will we obey when we are called to put out into the deep and let down our nets? Will we consistently desire to dwell in the deep places of God, where our boat is filled with a drawing power because He is in it? Yes, it is an amazing feeling to go deeper in Him, higher in Him, closer to Him…but how much more amazing to bring others to Him when we get there?
We cannot dive into the deep end while maintaining shallow thinking. We cannot expect to go to another level, further out in the waters, without our boat being made ready. Deep calls unto deep—we reach out for Him, and He reaches within us.
Though your feet may never touch the bottom, and panic threatens as you are no longer in control—just let go. He is holding onto you.
Scripture to read:
Father, each step I take closer to You only makes me want to take another step. Each clue of who You are leads me to want to know You more and more. Walking with You is such a beautiful paradox: being filled, yet always longing for more. Please take me deeper and draw others to Yourself through me. In Jesus’ Name I ask. Amen.