Friday, September 6, 2013

Deep Water

Are there times when you feel a certain decision might be getting you in over your head?

Do you ever turn away from an opportunity because you feel you're not equipped?

Have you missed out on a blessing because you let someone else take over?

I turned away from a passion many years ago because I was afraid I wasn't 'good enough' at art. 

Had my faith been stronger I may have accomplished much more for the Lord by this time.  

In the scripture above Jesus asks Simon Peter to "Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a draught."  Peter responds by saying, "we have toiled all night and have taken nothing [in other words, we're fisherman, we should know where the fish are].   But he then takes a step of faith and continues, "nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net."

 You know the story....the nets broke for the abundance of fish. They called for a second ship and when it came they filled both to the sinking point.  All because a man said 'Yes' to the Lord when he was asked to go into deeper water.  

Sometimes God asks us to do what seems impossible, or silly.  Why would we want to 'launch into the deep,' when it's perfectly nice and safe and comfortable here on the shore?   We have a problem we want God to deal with, but go out into deeper water??  Why?

Because it's all about faith.  Ask in faith, Believing, and ye shall receive. (Matthew 21:22)  God will equip us if he calls us.  Deeper water?   He'll bring out the boat.  In over our head?   He'll provide the scuba gear.  We need to trust God and prepare for the draught of fish!

Step into deep water today! (With the Lord of course)
Illustration Note:   This is a watercolor/collage.  I used some salt on the watercolor to get the textured look.  Then I painted random colors on scraps and cut them out for the boats and sea life and sun.

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