And when he had ceased 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.”
Thought for the Day: Stay persistent in your fishing
Every day I watched. Every day I prayed. Every day I wondered why. Every day I hurt. Two years ago, on Father’s Day, my husband met with the church’s SPRC chair and pastor to find out that his position at the church had been eliminated. We couldn’t wrap our minds around what took place and why this was done on such a special holiday for our family. I watched my husband as he was literally brought down to his knees in prayer, prayer that would ask why and prayer that would ask what he was to do. Over the course of a year, I saw him find positions that were open in churches and admired him as he worked on resumes. The main thing I witnessed in him through that period of time was his faithfulness to God. My husband, through hurt and pain, remained faithful in prayer and spiritual study. He remained persistent in his drive to find a position. He remained loving to his family and friends, even when some friends seemed to go away. He continued talks with mentors and spiritual advisors to make sure he was on the right track in his faithfulness. I was and am still amazed with his persistent love for his family and for his church. He never gave up and although some told him he should, he never lost faith that God would lead him to a new wonderful position somewhere.
All of that persistence paid off and God gave him the opportunity to be in ministry in a wonderful church where he not only leads music, but he also is known as “Pastor Mark”. He is a part of a great ministry team where each minister has distinct talents and where God uses each in unique ways in the church. Prayer, persistence, patience, and faith brought him full circle and God has shown His goodness. Today’s “Upper Room” devotion talks about fishing and how it is a perfect example of being faithful and persistent in our faith. As I read it this morning, I saw my husband’s situation clearly and realized that he is truly a “fisherman” in his faith.
Prayer: Father, You are awesome in the way You allow us to see examples of faithfulness in those around us. Please help each of us become fishermen who remain persistent, patient, and prayerful in bringing people to Christ. Lead us to where we need to cast our nets. Amen.
Prayer Focus: Those Looking for Jobs