Do you remember a Bible story about Jesus telling Peter where to cast his nets?
Actually there are a couple of those accounts, but the one I'm thinking about occurs in the New Testament book of Luke, chapter 5.
It involves Peter, a fisherman. On this particular day, Christ is preaching by the Lake of Gennesaret when he gets into Peter’s boat and asks him to put out a little way from shore. Then Jesus sits and teaches people from the boat.
When he finishes, Christ tells Peter to go out into the deep water and let down the nets for a catch.
I can just imagine the astonished look on Peter’s face.
“Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets,” Peter says.
When Peter and those with him follow Christ’s direction, they catch so many fish their nets start to break. Fishing partners in another boat come to help and they fill both boats so full that they begin to sink.
It's a marvelous story that can teach us many lessons about trust and faith.
I've been thinking a lot about this story for the past several months and I need to tell you that Chuck and I will be going fishing this next week - not for real fish, but for people who can distribute our book to the lost and hurting.
We're going to the International Christian Retail Association trade show in St. Louis. There, we hope to meet up with retailers who might carry our book in their stores and media who might spread the word about it.
It's a costly risk, but we're willing to take it.
Many months ago, I recalled the story of Jesus and Peter and the fish and I started praying and asking God to show me where to go out into the deep and cast my nets.
Our publisher/printer JaNell Lyle suggested this show. I'd heard her talk about it before, but wondered if this was something we should check out. I prayed about it and asked others. People seemed to think it would be a good idea. God seems to have been opening doors for it.
So, here we go, out into the deep.
Please pray for us. I'm praying for a really big haul. I dream of this book going all over the world and helping millions of people. And I pray that the Lord will allow me to write more that will do the same thing!
I know that many of you have your own concerns, but I covet your prayers.
Thank you so much for reading my posts and being supportive.
May God bless and keep you and supply all your needs (and maybe some wants, too!)