Sitting here, I’m in shock that I’m even behind the computer writing again. Honestly, the only reason I am writing again is because my mom called and said God told her I needed to start writing again. It’s not that I don’t love you or appreciate all your support, because I DO! I’ll forever cherish the love I received and still receive from those who read what the Lord gives me.
Nowadays I just find it difficult to revive my dreams. To resuscitate the vision. I know what I want and what my dreams are, but I’m just looking at God like, where do I even begin? Will people respond? I’m not sure I want to put myself back out there.
When we say “I surrender all” to God, we are saying nevertheless, I’ll do what you need me to do. You need me to write, I’ll do it. You need me to show up, I’ll be there. You need me to record myself talking…lights, camera, action. We so often think surrender is this BIG thing, which it is, but it is also surrendering in the small things too. The Bible says, “it’s the small foxes that kill out the vine.” That lets me know it’s the little things we don’t surrender to that kill out what God has given us. It’s the blogging when you feel like you have lost impact. It’s bringing God’s dream to flourishen, and doing whatever it takes to get it done. Even as I’m writing this, I’m rolling my eyes. LAWD forgive me. Like what is YOU TRYING TO SAY!?!
Alright, Alright, let’s focus. Do you have your Bible? If not, you have your phone. Turn with me to Luke 5:1-6. WE ARE ABOUT TO HAVE SOME BIBLE STUDY! God is about to encourage you baby to DO IT ONE MORE TIME! I know you’re tired. I know you’re worn out! I know people are acting crazy! I know you want to give up, but my God I come to speak life to every dead situation. To every worn down spirit. To every discouraged heart. YOU’RE COMING OUT TODAY! *takes a sip of water and wipes sweat with towel*
Let me lay the story out for you…
“One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret, the people were crowding around him and listening to the word of God. He saw at the water’s edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets. He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat. 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. “
Oh wow. If that didn’t revive you, you might as well press “escape.” Baby this blog ain’t for ya. Can we focus on verse 5 for a second…”BECAUSE YOU SAY SO, I WILL LET DOWN THE NETS.” Sometimes all we need is a word from God to activate something on the inside of us. All my mom had to do was tell me God said to start writing and well here we are. It’s something about when your Father in Heaven says to do something, the words hold weight. A lot of weight. Reality didn’t match what Jesus was trying to do. Reality showed different. Reality showed the opposite. Oh COME ON. Reality will make you pack up and go. Reality will make you want to quit. Reality will make you wish you never started honey. Jesus walked on that boat knowing those men had given up. Didn’t phase him. Jesus walked on that boat knowing they had tried for hours. Didn’t phase him. Jesus walked on that boat knowing those men were frustrated. Didn’t phase him. CAST IT ONE MORE TIME AND CAST IT DEEP! ohhhhhh my God! I got chills yall. If this blog isn’t for anyone else BUT ME…I will preach to myself! Jesus wasn’t moved by feeling or what wasn’t happening on that boat. He knew once he stepped into the situation, provision had already been made.
Go ahead and cast your net. This time put it out into deep water. Where your feet won’t hold you. A place where God himself has to uphold you. A place where fear might meet you there, but you show up anyways. I believe God said deep water, because nothing happens in the shallow. Nothing productive comes from being knee deep in water. Ankle deep, you just playing with it. But Jesus says take this thing into the deep. Take that dream.That vision. That family member you’ve been praying for and cast it out into the deep. A place where you no longer have control, but have given full surrender to God. Jesus knows you’ve worked long nights. God knows you’re frustrated. God knows you’ve tried and tried, but nothing is happening….
CAST YOUR NET…ONE MORE TIME.
Verse 6 says, “and when they did…” they caught a huge number of fish that caused their nets to break. When you walk in obedience, you better believe the outcome is going to be far more than what you anticipated. When you hear from God and do as he says, you better believe you WILL REAP. The Bible says, “don’t grow weary in well doing for in due season you shall reap if you faint not.” I know it’s tough. I know the numbers aren’t adding up. I know the dream doesn’t make sense. I know you wanna quit, but now you’re thinking twice. Do what God wants you to do, and watch your net overflow honey.
You know what I learned today through writing to you….blogging isn’t for me…it’s for you. God cares about you so much, he would tell me to cast my net one more time…baby this time we are going deep.