Lessons from the Boat!
by Carol Yasin
Wishing everyone a very happy and prosperous new year.
Hope you are doing good. May God shower His blessings abundantly on you and your family!!
I am very happy to meet you all through this blog after a very long time.
Today, I wanted to share few learning/lessons that helped me to understand the state of my mind. Each and every thing – it could be anything – God will teach us through it. As I was reading/meditating on Luke Chapter 5 (A well-known chapter to everyone), I was concentrating more on the boat this time. Even a boat in the Bible can speak to us.
Have Bible with you while you are reading this – Turn over to Luke 5: 1-11. I would like to explain 5 things that I learnt from this boat:
1. An EMPTY Boat:
There were two boats in the shore. Verse 2 says,
He saw at the water’s edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets.
If you have read the next few verses, you could see that, the fishermen were so vexed as we can see in verse 5, Peter replying to Jesus as,
“Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.”
It says, they worked all night and they didn’t get anything. Sometimes, I really get upset when I work the whole day banging my head to resolve an issue in office, but, it wouldn’t get resolved. Not only in workplace, people would feel so depressed and tired in their life, when they don’t get things they expected. Many who are reading this might feel the same – waiting for promotion for a very long time though you are working hard, not getting enough money – not able to support your family financially, though you struggle a lot. I can add many things to the above list. Peter and his team would have become tired as they are working hard all night.
This is how we feel – like the empty boat – we might feel that, our life is empty. And beware, when your mind is empty, it becomes a playground for the devil and He being an accuser, will bring unnecessary doubts in your mind to spoil your entire life.
2. The Boat which carried Jesus:
Verse 3 says,
He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore.
So, Jesus sat on one of the boats – which belong to Simon. The next thing he did was he asked Simon to put out a little from shore. NLT version says, ‘to push it out into the water’. Sometimes, we just sit in the shore without us wanted to take some risk in our life. When God wants us to trust Him and step into something, we struggle as our dependency falls on other things than God.
Only, when we trust God and move ahead, we can win the prize that is kept for us. Also, when we pave way for Jesus to sit on our heart, He brings happiness and peace into our heart even during the storm.
3. The Boat where Jesus Preached:
From Verse 3, we can also see that,
So he sat in the boat and taught the crowds from there.
Now, the boat has become a place where Jesus sat and preached. At the start of the this chapter, we can see in verse 1, that many people were following Him in order to listen to the Word of God. Today, in this world, we can see many people, who doesn’t know the true God and in search of the One True God. When Jesus needed a place to share the Word – this boat helped Him. Similarly, when we ask Jesus to enter our heart, we become the Light of the World through which we can bring more people into His Kingdom. An empty boat once has become a boat that is proclaiming His glory now.
4. The Boat which went deeper:
After preaching, Jesus asks Peter in verse 4 (NLT) as,
“Now go out where it is deeper, and let down your nets to catch some fish.”
Our relationship with Jesus should be deeper not just lethargic as He warns in Revelation 3:15,
“I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish that you were one or the other!
And when our relationship with Him becomes deeper? Only when we have complete trust on Him and obey Him
Verse 5 says,
“Master,” Simon replied, “we worked hard all last night and didn’t catch a thing. But if you say so, I’ll let the nets down again.”
Simon is a fishermen whereas, Jesus is a carpenter. Simon knows well about fishing and he could have replied to Jesus saying, ” I know better than you” and would have disobeyed Jesus. We, sometimes, have that mindset – “We know better than God” and drive our life by ourselves and result in an accident.
But Peter, though he has already tried and tired, he obeyed Jesus and went deeper. That is how our relationship with Jesus should be – Deeper!
5. A Blessed Boat:
The Obedience of Peter resulted in a blessing. Verse 6 says,
And this time their nets were so full of fish they began to tear!
When we accept Christ in our empty heart, and allow Him to rule our heart and then whenever we hear His voice, when we obey it results in a blessing. Sometimes, the blessing may come late. So, remember,
“Obeying the Word of God will bring blessings”
I pray that, that you would become a boat that carried the blessing this year.