And He said to them, “ Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast, and now they were not able to draw it in because of the multitude of fish. (John 21:6 NKJV)
Doing the same thing over and over, expecting different results is insanity….so says Einstein.
“You keep doing things this way. Now switch it up and do what I tell you to do. Do it now AND don’t think about it because you wisdom seems to get in the way at times.”
On the other side of the boat there is an abundance of fish waiting to be caught. It says in this story in John 21 that they caught 153 fish when they obeyed the Lord. All I have to do is cast, contrary to what may feel comfortable. I cast by faith in the direction that Jesus is telling me to cast.
Like many, I sometimes tend to stay too long in one place. That does not have to be just a physical location but can be a spiritual place or even an emotional healing . For me, I have a bit of a preconceived notion of what Rivers of Eden Ministry should look like so I tended to run in that direction, my own ideas at times. Catching nothing, but there I was, persistent in casting, somehow feeling noble about it all OR so spiritual in hanging in there and suffering for Jesus.
When God spoke this verse to me a few days back, I tended to want to lump it in as a cliché verse that I heard a million times. It landed with a thump and a thud, no pizzazz, no lightening strike. Just a simple: Cast that net the other way!
And at the moment that He said it, I was fed up with a lot of things. Whining a bit at how things weren’t going the way I thought. Bad day! Ever had one of those pacing the floor, angry at people, trying to act more spiritual that we really are. I was perturbed with a few things and was praying it all through when God spoke a simply directive. Cast the net on the other side!
It’s time to let go of all the stuff that seemed to work in times past – let it go. Cast on the other side. I received it – hook, line and sinker…….forgive the pun. I know – a bit hokey but hey it’s almost midnight in California and I just felt like writing this tonight.
Going to Kenya in August/September with a fresh new perspective. Working with one couple to build a habitation for God’s glory. Keeping it small just like Jesus did, away from big meetings and all the hype that we have seen happen in times past to equip in a Christ centered, eternal purpose, inheritance, creative expression focus with hungry people. Three weeks of relationship building so as to lay a firm foundation to prepare for future visits. That’s a good thing.
Good night for now! I will share the details of the trip in the next blog. Casting for His glory.