Recently during worship at church I pictured a boat, the oars and myself in the boat close to the shore.
Towards the end of the service the following word of knowledge was spoken: “I sense someone here needs to push out from the shore” ‘He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from the shore. Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat. When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon. Put out into deep waters and let down the nest for a catch … When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break’ Luke 5:3-4, 6
Humbled in my heart and soul I asked the Lord for what it meant:
This is what I learnt from my encounter with the Lord
- I am a vessel for the Lord – The Lord had stepped into my boat
- Position myself – The Lord asked me to put a little from the shore, to position myself for His anointing to fall.
- Intimacy with God – I needed to come out from among them [daily concerns] and be separated so that the Lord could speak to me [to listen to God alone]. My soul thrives by simply being with God
- Obedience – The Lord wants to accomplish through me something that is uncommon and not what I am use to. Obedience, even when it doesn’t seem to make sense, is what leads to blessing
- Abundance – On the other side of my decision to obey God waits a blessing so great that it’ll also touch the lives of those around you. My soul thrives when others are moving forward. This is when I am the most effective because when the needs of others are met, I in turn, reach my full potential and as a result perform to my best.
In obedience I had gone to God in humility and with an open mind. I was truly humbled and grateful for the personal time He spent with me. There was a feeling of a new level of brokenness in my soul and it led me to whisper: ‘Master, take control of things. Better still, take control of me.’