by Patricia Ann
Luke 5:11 And when they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed him.
I have been watching the clouds in the sky behind my house recently. I find myself standing in awe of God's glorious Creation. He is the greatest artist, freely sharing with us a gorgeous array of colors in the sunrises and sunsets. He even gives us images of majestic eagles and faces of people that we may recognize as our loved ones in heaven, looking down at us from the glory realm, giving us comfort in knowing that one day we will meet them again.
Most recently, I was blessed to see an image of a boat in the sky. It was there, near sunset sitting peacefully alone in the vast blues and grays of the skyline, resembling ocean waves. This simple little boat reminded me of our calling to follow Jesus and become Fishers of men.
Scripture shares the story in Luke 5....
On one occasion, while the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God, he was standing by the lake of Gennesaret, and he saw two boats by the lake, but the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. Getting into one of the boats, which was Simon's, he asked him to put out a little from the land. And he sat down and taught the people from the boat. And when he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” And Simon answered, “Master, we toiled all night and took nothing! But at your word I will let down the nets.” And when they had done this, they enclosed a large number of fish, and their nets were breaking. They signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord.” For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish that they had taken, and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon.
And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men.” And when they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed him.
I am thankful that our Lord calls us to Himself with the simplicity of a cloud in the sky that reminds us of such a great story of the fishermen at the lake of Gennesaret. Jesus astonished the fisherman by filling their nets with fish to the point of sinking. What a great catch!
And in their fear, Jesus told them “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men.”
Jesus astonished me with the reminder in the clouds that we are indeed called to be Fishers of men!
Jesus' love remains the same, yesterday, today, and tomorrow and His desire for us to be Fishers of men has never changed.
My prayer for today is that we are reminded of the story of the fishermen in Luke 5.
May we not be afraid! May we remember that we are indeed called to be Fishers of men.
Just as the fishermen caught so many fish the boats were about to sink, may we also catch an abundance of men (women, and children) and bring them home to our Lord Jesus Christ.
There is indeed a harvest to be had and we are chosen to be the workers (harvesters) for His Kingdom glory.
Thank you Jesus for the reminder of the simple little boat in the sky.
Fishers of men! Yes, Lord. May we be willing to leave everything and follow Him!
Praise God from Who ALL blessings come. Love to All....Amen.