Into the Deep!

When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” But Simon answered and said to Him, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.” Luke 5:4-5 NKJV

The very things we long for, pray for, and make resolutions toward will never happen unless we move out of shallow religious routine and into deeper fellowship with God.

Miraculous things happen in the deep. You will not find an Orca where you can easily pick up sea shells. We often wait on God for a breakthrough even as He waits patiently on us to venture into the unknown. Deep means different things for different people. Your “deep” may be a new career, hobby, or even in a break in stale religious habits that no longer yield spiritual fruit.

 Scripture depicts how Peter fished for hours and came up empty. As a skilled fisherman, he should have caught something. Defeated, Peter gave up. Yet, at the prompting of Jesus, he moved away from the shore and caught a haul too large for his boat to contain. That’s the kind of miracle most of us are praying for!

Still, when the realities of life interfere with our plans, we can become scarred and bitter. Consequently, we may play it safe and refuse to trust once more. Yet, the safety of the shore is only an illusion. Shark attacks readily occur in shallow waters. Our personal sharks often lurk about: doubt, fear, and naysayers who can never envision what God would do for us!

To receive God’s best we must brave the deep with Him.

  • Make God a priority;  talk complain less and listen more.
  • Dig deeply into the Word. Don’t merely read the Bible, study it.
  • Seek God not for what He can do but for His presence and direction.
  • Dare to attempt the impossible when God says “yes” while everyone else says “no.”

 We must allow God to stir us up and out of complacency!

I want to experience the kind of wonder Peter did out in the deep with Jesus. I would rather a dynamic relationship with God into the unknown than to sit idly along the shore without Him.

What about you?

So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. Matthew 14:29 NKJV

By Lilka Finley Raphael

Author, Editor, Gardner, Photographer, Pharmacist


  1. “Deep means different things for different people.”

    More and more – in all walks of life, as you write – I am finding we all enrich each other. That, instead of being right, we each enrich our own journeys by allowing that in others that may enrich me. For me, these verses do just that:

    “I cannot change you, nor do I wish to, but allow me to see differently as I allow. And in the allowing we are both enriched. Might you allow this “delight” to grow in you and others as you journey?”

    (and if not – why not?)

    Thank you ((hugs))

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    1. Good Day!
      It’s actually morning over here but your message is a bright ray of sunshine on a dreary morning here in Georgia.
      I’m not interested in being right anymore. It is so overrated! I do want to open myself up, let people in and allow whatever I can share to comfort and love them. 🙂

      Hugs right back to you!

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  2. Amen, Amen, Amen… This is so awesome Lilka. I can’t express to you just how in sync our spirit’s our. Your writings blows me away with the abundance of conformation I receive from it. I love your work and I thank God for you my sister in Christ. Continue to be obedient in your work so that our God can continue to richly bless others thru you, and may you be richly blessed in the process.
    Thank you!

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    1. I’m always glad when I see you have stopped by. I am committed to using what a I have been given to do God’s work. 2018 was a year of transition. I pray 2019 sets me on course for my true purpose into the next decade. B Blessed my brother! God connects us to people who sow good seed in our lives. I’m grateful for you. 🙂

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