It is no secret. I love to fish. I love to be near the water and enjoying time in creation. Even more than throwing a line in the water, I love to actually get under the water and chase after fish with my speargun. That is my absolute favorite kind of fishing-spearfishing. Between my son and I, we have four fishing rods, 20 lures, countless hooks, and every variation of weight imaginable. For spearfishing, I have 2 wetsuits, 1 spear gun, 1 pole spear, a dive knife, a weight belt, a float, a stringer, and several other pieces of paraphernalia. All of these things help me catch fish.
None of these things guarantee that at the end of the day there will be a fish in my cooler. These things are all neatly stowed in my garage just waiting to be used. They will not catch fish by themselves, and they certainly won’t do that at my landlocked home. Each of these items need to be near the water in order to be effective.
Too often we approach God in the same way. We gather all of the necessary gear, we wear the Jesus paraphernalia, and we think that by the end of the day our spiritual cooler should be filled. But too often we walk away feeling disappointed.
Could it be that just owning the gear doesn’t mean that we will actually accomplish the goal? There has to be more to it than just possession.
There has to be action.
God has made Himself known to us through His Son Jesus, through His creation, and through His written word the Bible.
Psalm 19:1-2 says, “The heavens are telling of the glory of God; and their expanse is declaring the work of His hands. Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night reveals knowledge.”
All of creation is speaking of God’s glory and majesty. All of creation is pointing us to our God. Yet there are times when we wonder why we haven’t heard from God, or feel God’s presence in our life. Could it possibly be that you haven’t put yourself in a posture of listening? Could it be that you own all the gear, but you haven’t put it into use?
On a recent clean water trip in Nicaragua with a group of people from my church, I challenged our team to do two things each day.
Look for God and Listen for His voice.
I believe that God wants to speak to each of us daily, and that God is waiting to be found. I don’t think that God is playing a game of spiritual hide and go seek. He is in plain sight, the question is do we have the eyes to see and the ears to hear?
Today, spend some time looking for God in the world around you. Ask yourself, where is God trying to get my attention? What could He possibly be saying to me? If you are willing I believe that you will hear God’s voice, and you will see God’s presence in your life.
Here’s to getting out of the garage and closer to the water.