July 1, 2020

 

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“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.” And this time their nets were so full of fish they began to tear! Luke 5:5-6, NLT
 
Have you ever felt like a carpenter was trying tell you how to fish? We all have those experiences in life when we have years of experience, training, and study under our belts yet words like “unprecedented” and “global pandemic” continue to remind us that this is no ordinary fishing trip. The feeling of fishing all night without results can be emotionally draining and cause us to throw up our hands in defeat. A friend in Wilkes county often noted, “It’s called fishing because if you always caught something it would be called ‘catching’.”
 
I recently took my eight year old daughter out to Lake Thomalex and she caught twelve fish (with a lot of help from her dear old dad). She couldn’t understand why she was catching so many and I caught so few. She even began to talk some trash along the way, not realizing that I had sacrificed much to help her find just the right spots and learn the basics of fishing. God takes us on this journey with a purpose and has sacrificed so much so that we can simply join the journey. While we are stewards of our time, talents, and treasures, God also reserves the right to call an audible and send us in another direction even during a global pandemic. The challenge that we face is: are we operating under the rules of “precedence” when they may not apply in this current context?
 
The process of listening to a carpenter tell you how to fish may not be what you planned or desired, but remember this is no ordinary carpenter. Jesus has great things in store for us if we are willing to listen daily to his leadership and direction. We still believe that God has needs in our communities as we plan toward our August Missions Blast. If we can help you connect with your local schools, partnering agencies, or new opportunities to help at risk youth through a bicycle ministry called BCX, be sure to let us know. It may seem like the fish are not biting right now, but that doesn’t mean that we have to completely surrender during such a time as this.
 
Hands to the plow!
 
Craig Clayton
Community Missions Catalyst