The sun was setting slowly as it produced a brilliant orange glow on the horizon. The world was calm and quiet. Sitting on a park bench, I began to look across the water that was in front of me. It was just a regular duck pond with little activity taking place. Every now and again, a fish would poke its head up out of the water, break the surface and send ripples in all directions.
There were a few children playing in a park close by and I listened absentmindedly to the chatter of their play activities. The sound of a woodpecker searching for its next meal added to the noise.
It had been a frustrating week and I just needed a few moments alone to think. I need some peace and quiet. You see, sometimes it feels like you work hard, day after day, and never see any reward. Sometimes it feels like you labor all night long and never get anything to show for it.
To be honest, I was frustrated.
It was then that I began to see a boat upon the water in front of me. Not a real boat, however, it was just a picture in my mind. But, in my mind, I could see Peter and the disciples struggling against the wind and the waves. They were toiling hard, working late into the night, trying to scratch out a living. Time and time again, they cast their nets into the water only to retrieve them empty.
And then I hear the voice of another.
“Throw your nets on the other side.”
Why would we do that? We have been toiling all day long without reward. Everything we have tried has come to nothing. The harvest that we have long sought after has not come. The revival we have prayed for has not arrived. The financial breakthrough that we were expecting has not come.
“Throw your nets out again.”
But the day is done. Everybody knows that this day it is a wash. How can you expect a harvest this late in the game?
“Just do what I ask. Throw your nets out again.”
The picture I was seeing was the story from Luke 5.
When He had finished speaking, He said to Simon, “Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch.” Simon answered and said, “Master, we worked hard all night and caught nothing, but I will do as You say and let down the nets.” When they had done this, they enclosed a great quantity of fish, and their nets began to break; so they signaled to their partners in the other boat for them to come and help them. And they came and filled both of the boats, so that they began to sink.
Peter didn’t see any reason to cast the nets out again, but he did. This time, however, the nets are bursting with fish. After all that labor, finally some breakthrough!
The sun is finally beginning to disappear behind the trees. I know it’s just a picture in my mind, but it’s reality to me in my life. How many times have I labored without reward? How many times have I worked all day and not seen any harvest? It’s frustrating.
But, I know it’s time to cast the nets back into the water. You never know when the harvest is going to arrive but it doesn’t mean you just give up. You never know when revival is going to come but you keep praying. You never know when your inheritance is going to come in or when things are going to change. You can labor long into the night with nothing to show for it and feel completely discouraged. Then, at a moments notice, the Master can speak and everything changes. One minute before He speaks there are no fish in the water. The moment after He speaks, the fish are in abundance.
It might seem like a frustrating way to live, but it’s the way of faith. Never trust what you see with your eyes, only what you see through His eyes.
How do we learn how to see through his eyes? We have to get to know him. Learn who He is, the way that He sees, hear His voice and listen to His heart beat.
Spend some time setting your eyes on Him this week. Get your eyes off yourself. Because at a moments notice, the fish in the water might just be miraculously in abundance.