Read Day #10 in Come With Me Devotional
I love nature.
When my friend Pam asked me to go fly fishing with her and her husband, I said yes instantly.
I had no idea how different it would be from traditional fishing. Wearing waders and heavy boots was awkward. The water was gorgeous but icy cold. My first attempts at casting a fly rod were laughable. I almost “caught” my friend a few times.
We fished for hours. Pam and I laughed. We prayed. I nearly fell into the water when Pam caught a trout and the net was attached to my shoulder and I couldn’t get it off in time.
After hours of fishing a man came by in a boat. I had just arced the line just before he came into view — one time, two times, a third.
He slowed down his boat. “That’s a beautiful cast you have there,” he said.
I looked around. Pam was downstream. He was really complimenting me on my cast.
Well, what do you know?
In today’s devotional reading, Jesus perches in Peter’s boat.
One thing that surprised me as I studied this story is this isn’t the first time they’ve met. Jesus met Peter and his brother, Andrew, earlier. He asked them to follow him, and they did. In this second meeting, it’s a new set of characters.
Andrew is nowhere in sight, but Peter, James, and John are back to their old comfort zone.
Jesus knows exactly where to find Peter. He knows what this man is capable of. He’s about to invite Peter to go into the deep again.
There are miracles ahead, and Peter has no idea what that even looks like, but Jesus does.
Jesus meets us where we are
I won’t ever be as great a fisherman as Simon Peter, but I was determined to learn. Later, when the day was waning, my friend’s husband pulled me aside.
“I was watching you cast from downstream. You’ve got something there,” he said.
Again, a master fisherman saw something I didn’t. I was so fixated on the fact that I felt clumsy or awkward, or that my line felt a hundred feet long as it whizzed above me, that I couldn’t see what they did.
Yet he saw potential. That’s the same truth we find in Peter’s story.
Jesus knew who he was.
Jesus knows who you are.
He meets us where we are, and that’s life changing.
That’s also our invitation.
Jesus asks to use your life for his purposes.
Not just the good parts, but the mistakes. The parts of our story that makes us hang our head. He uses our strengths, and our weaknesses.
What do you say to that?
Maybe you have felt so awkward in your attempts to obey Jesus, that you have thrown your hands in the air in defeat.
Maybe you once followed him closely, but are at a distance today, and feel that this disqualifies you.
Maybe you think that you have to be an expert.
He’s perched in your boat.
He meets you, right where you are. Surrender to his invitation. Say yes.
Meet my friend, Tricia Goyer.
I love this recent conversation with my friend, Tricia Goyer. I believe it ties in perfectly with today’s invitation.
Tricia had an abortion in her teens. She was a single mom. She has written 70 books. She founded a pregnancy crisis center in Colorado. She leads a teen pregnancy group that ministers to young moms in Little Rock, AR. She’s adopted 7 children and loves them like crazy.
Today she talks about what it means to “walk out” your faith, and how God uses our stories to change the world.
21 Life Changing Invitation as We Walk with Jesus
Invitation #10: Jesus is asking to use your life (and your story) for his purposes. Will you say yes?
- Read Ezekiel 34:12. This is the heart of God, as spoken through the prophet, Ezekiel.
- How far does God reach to find his people?
- How does this same message continue in his decision to send Jesus to rescue us?
- Tear down every excuse that has kept you from running into the arms of your Savior. Surrender today to the truth that he is perched in your boat — in your marriage that is struggling, in your fears of what you can or cannot do, in your relationship with that loved one, in your mistakes, and in your fumbling attempts. He sees the beauty of what you are becoming as you surrender to his love for you.
- Make that prayer in your journal, or right here where we can pray with you.
Connect with Tricia Goyer
Please check out her amazing book, Walk It Out.