I think everyone that speaks English has heard a child recite the alphabet or done so themselves. It starts off strong A…B…C… it gets pretty muddy in the middle leaving LMNOP to have many variations typically followed by an abrupt Q,R,S then a fade out until the grande finale of W,X,Y, and Z.
Our walk with the Lord is similar; there are ebbs and flows, but sometimes it reaches elemenopee status. I love luke 5 it is one of my favorite passages in the Bible. Jesus comes upon some fisherman that have been up all night they must have been exhausted and to make matters worse they have not caught a thing. I would imagine that the disciples were feeling a bit deflated and discouraged; and then Jesus comes on the scene. I am taking a little poetic license, but I would not imagine that this is how any of the men thought that they would encounter our Lord. In fact, I would wager that as they toiled through the night not one of them said man, I think today is the game changer…we are going to be called into ministry by Jesus today.
Jesus got into one of the boat’s belonging to Simon. The adventure begins when we let Jesus in our boat; when we say, have all that is mine. Simon not only obliged Him, he submitted to Jesus and did what He asked. He was tired…He had been up ALL night, but he sat paddling a stupid boat the entire time that Jesus taught the multitude keeping Him from drifting away providing a platform for the Lord to be heard. Your obedience even in the mundane, the elemenopee moments create a platform for who the Lord is to be on display and be heard, by the multitude. Keep paddling.
The scene plays out in Luke 5:4-7,
“When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.” 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.” When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. 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.”
Was Simon Peter any less fatigued then when he started? Probably not, however he exercises that simple obedience again. The effects of Peter’s obedience changed His life and the lives of many he knew not. Peter had a choice, his yes still resounds; saying despite circumstance, ALL the valid excuses, what has proven to be true, and what I feel “But because you say so, I will let down the nets.”
We all have those moments in the Lord where we aren’t feeling it. Situations come, hardship comes, rehearse what you know to be true about who our Lord is and continue to submit to him in obedience and humility. Cast your nets. But I’ve been doing this for 10 years…cast your nets…I don’t know what else to do I keep hitting a wall…cast your nets…No one understands my call…cast your nets…I’m so far from my destiny…cast your nets…this just isn’t the vision that I had for my life…CAST YOUR NETS.
The remedy for the elemenopee days is submitting to the Lordship of Jesus and continually walking in obedience. Your breakthrough moment will come, I promise your nets will BURST with blessing. The faith and obedience that you walk in today, is opening the doors of your tomorrow.