When you get one on the line, the fishing rod bends and the line straightens with tension. The fish immediately regrets its choice of dinner and begins fighting for survival in an attempt to become free from the line to which it’s become attached. In order to keep the line from snapping, the fisherman must be patient, allowing the fish to get tired, before reeling it in. The fish continues to swim in every direction, opposing the way that it is destined to end up: into the hands of the fisherman.
A Christian fighting the will of God resembles the fish on the line. Our flesh is resisting every way that it knows, refusing to submit to the will of God for our lives and thus, turning away from our heavenly Father who always knows what is best.
2020 has been… different… and for many it has been very trying, especially in the working world.
For a good majority of the year, I was this floundering fish and found myself pulling at the line in an attempt to swim far away from what God had set before me. But in all actuality, I was attempting to distance myself from God. I allowed my carnality to take over and chose to be fixated on my imaginations of "what used to be" while lusting over "what could be" in regards to my new job description that changed overnight. I was tugging at the line and heading toward danger.
But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.
For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.
But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us.
...Thou hast found grace in my sight, and I know thee by name...and He said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the Lord before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy.
Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.
Paul chose to rejoice while in murky waters yet on the line of God’s will:
But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at the last your care of me hath flourished again; wherein ye were also careful, but ye lacked opportunity. Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.
Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
It is not until we humble ourselves, like the Lord Jesus Christ, that God reveals Himself and a piece of His plan to us. When sought, abundant blessings can be found amidst any trial! Whether we find ourselves in rough, rocky rivers, smooth, glassy seas, or mundane, murky ponds, the most patient Fisherman is a merciful Father surrounded by an abundance of love, reeling His children through the safest paths of His perfect will. As we await being reeled upward and into His boat on the perfect day, are you content with God’s will for your life?
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Crystal grew up in the world but God used her back injury to draw her to Himself through the miracle of salvation. She was born again in 2016 and since then has possessed the yearning desire to learn more about His miraculous truths in His perfect Word. Oftentimes, she journals from her hammock near a stream and hopes to serve the Lord in a sailboat one day! In order to choose the title of her column, Crystal combined her heart’s desire with Proverbs 31:14, “She [the virtuous woman] is like the merchant’s ships; she bringeth her food from afar.”