Many of us can recall instances when despite much trying our efforts did not yield much. Moments when we were optimistic that things will end on a positive note only for them to end up in a very disappointing way. Those are moments when we went down but remained strong to fight another day. This is what happened to the disciples of Jesus after a vain night of attempting to get fish in the Sea of Galilee. For reasons that they could not understand, their efforts did not bear any fruits and no matter how much they tried, it ended up as a disappointing venture. It’s at that moment that Jesus came calling and asked to use Peter’s boat. Peter did not have a problem giving it out because after all it was a reminder of the disappointments he had encountered and endured during the night. He had given up and was washing his nets to go home and maybe live to try another day. They had forgotten that God is an omniscient God who operates in all the extremes of life. Many are the times when He shows up when we least expect him. Faith is believing that we cannot time God for He chooses to operate at his time. He can choose to show up even when we are washing our empty nets to go home. It’s when we are very disappointed that He will request to use our seemingly ‘useless’ boats. Off course we rarely recognize him and have no problem giving our boats to him given our disappointment. Only when we surrender in defeat does God ask us to try what we doing before again. Nothing changes apart from his presence showing us that our efforts are useless without him. Where have you come to your end and you are in the verge of giving up? Where is God asking you to put your faith in him and try it one more time? Where are you operating beyond any hope? Do not write yourself off, He is coming for what you might think is useless. If you must, keep on washing your nets!
“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.” Lamentations 3:22 NIV
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