“Many plans are in a person’s mind, but the Lord’s purpose will succeed.”—Proverbs 19:21 (CEB)
A lot to unpack in this short sentence. The first glimpse of this shirt I think I will wear today, choices matter, and seems to be the art pattern. Aweee color always my favorite to ponder on, choice? Maybe a deep rose on sheer fabric where the ‘Grace of God’ springs into action to encourage. Why yes I saw the full pattern of your thought and I knew just where to cut the fabric for the perfect match in your seams.
The pattern is a mixture of modern art showing hope to be while I glimpse into a heart of choices I made yesterday that might reflect some longing thoughts I’m having today.
“So He (Jesus) called out to them, “Children, do you have any fish?” “No,” they answered. 6) He told them, “Cast the net on the right sideof the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast it there, and they were unable to haul it in because of the great number of fish. 7) Then the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” As soon as Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his outer garment (for he had removed it) and jumped into the sea.…“ (John 21:5-7)
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“A lot to unpack in this short sentence”…
Yes, and I think a lot in the creative words you have written also.
You gave us an encouraging example of how the Lord’s purpose succeeded in this incident with these fishermen. I imagine they must have been pretty worn out and discouraged after planning and then spending an entire night fishing but no catch. Then to get instructions from the Lord to make a 180 degree change that resulted in a big haul sure showed how His “purpose” succeeded…plenty of food…just like your picture caption says…
I love this “fish story” continuing as recorded in John NLT, “Then the disciple Jesus loved said to Peter, “It’s the Lord!” When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his tunic (for he had stripped for work), jumped into the water, and headed to shore. The others stayed with the boat and pulled the loaded net to the shore, for they were only about a hundred yards from shore. When they got there, they found breakfast waiting for them—fish cooking over a charcoal fire, and some bread. “Bring some of the fish you’ve just caught,” Jesus said. So Simon Peter went aboard and dragged the net to the shore. There were 153 large fish, and yet the net hadn’t torn. This was the third time Jesus had appeared to his disciples since he had been raised from the dead. After breakfast Jesus asked Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” Peter replied, “you know I love you.” “Then feed my lambs,” Jesus told him.”
John 21:7-11, 14-15 NLT
“Now feed his lambs.” Just as we have said a lot to unpack in this blog with a few scriptures.
Peter was operating in his natural habitat/vocation of fishing when Jesus showing g up to teach a spiritual lesson for he and others on the boat that day and today.
Reminder of blog start scripture, “Many plans are in a person’s mind, but the Lord’s purpose will succeed.”—Proverbs 19:21 (CEB)
Simon Peter had a plan, “I am going fishing.” Great idea we’re going with you said a few others. All good but not a good day for fishing from the natural it seems because the fish had been assigned elsewhere by and for God’s purposes.
Many lessons were taught that day by Jesus on and about many topics that fulfills and answers struggles and disappoints for today.
I’ve been pondering a thought in my mind recently, when was the last time I saw a group of devoted deep loving ones have a fish fry on beach and follow the three “scientific guidelines” if I may putt a bit on my elementary science lesson given by the Master scientist that hung the moon in place not trying to rocket to the moon …1) feed my lambs 2) Shepherd my sheep 3) love me feed my sheep!
I’m still reading from John 21 and Proverbs 19:21. Thanks for your thoughts, gift giving by using your gifts from God as we fish, cook, eat and feed! WOW joy is contagious! 😇
I can’t begin to imagine fishing all night, and no fish!🐠 🐟 🐠 🐟 but things changed when the Lord showed up and they did as they were instructed to do. Fish fish fish!! By the way, Debi…. What are you eating, looks good!😋
Tammy, I am enjoying eating delicious quesadilla’s overflowing with chicken, cheese and fresh herbs. Sara’s neighbor and friend, Ammar, owner and chef of FLAVOUR https://www.eatflavour.kitchen/menu, gifted and delivered to her and I was the fortunate recipient of one of his excellent meals! There sure was “plenty”, just as the picture caption says.
Oh Wow! Glad you got to enjoy. ☺️
She almost didn’t! 😇
Unpacking this verse is hard to cover in a few words. I have found myself in this passage many times. When teaching I planned and planned but not exciting until I let God lead. Gods plan I’ve found is always perfect. In the first years of teaching I started out being a substituting. I tried and tried to find a way to keep the children on task. My head went round and round on what to do. I even had others minds go around and round also. Nothing worked. A number of my sons friends at the time invited a number of friends over to the house and they were very active. One day one out came down and shared a story he had written. Lightbulb I started having them write funny stories for 15 minutes with timer set. After 15 minutes they were quiet, so I upped the time set. Wow! Gods way was the best. It wasn’t any idea my brain had thought of. I started doing it when I substituted. The students didn’t want to stop writing. Yeah! They were quit and where so excited. I had to stop them to cover what the teachers wanted me to cover. Then I win an award. At about the same time I had the opportunity to go on a mission trip (God orchestrated). I needed $1000. God is so good – I opened a letter which I had hesitated to pick up and upon opening wow a $1000 check from the award. God has ways of surprising us.
That wasn’t all I got a job for implementing the writing in classes I substituted in.
I knew all was from God. I started praying about my lesson plans and God gave me creative ways to teach.. God is so good. Jump on the God train with what gift God has given you and watch what He does in your life.God plan s in my life and He will in yours if you listen to Him, step out and implement His plan.
for 15 minutes. One day one boy came down and shared a story he had written. Lightbulb I started having them write funny stories for 15 minutes with timer set. After awhile they where quiet even longer than 15 minutes , so I upped the time I had set. Wow! They were so so excited about their funny stories.
Gods way was the best. It wasn’t any idea my brain had thought of. I started doing having students write when I substituted. The students didn’t want to stop writing. Yeah! They were quite and where so excited. I had to stop them to cover what the teachers wanted me to cover. Then I won an award. At about the same time I had the opportunity to go on a mission trip (God orchestrated). I needed $1000. God is so good – I opened a letter which I had hesitated to pick up and upon opening wow a $1000 check from the award. God has ways of surprising us.
That wasn’t all I got a job for implementing the writing in classes I substituted in.
I knew all was from God. I started praying about my lesson plans and God gave me creative ways to teach.. God is so good. Jump on the God train with what gift God has given you and watch what He does in your life. God’s plan stood when I stopped, listened and let Him lead and He will in yours if you listen to Him, step out and implement His plan. Enjoy God’s plans.
Rena, you have a good testimony giving hope to teachers that might find themselves in a hard spot and wondering why their efforts aren’t showing the results they imagined.
Your journey to what might be termed humility gives me the thought we have received a beautiful love letter from the lover of our souls providing answers to the thoughts that just might be troubling our souls. We left in to lay on our desk and just forgot to open. After all it’s just words on paper that didn’t command our attention with all the anxiety we are having at the moment trying to work our success out. Then tired from the day we see it and take a peak and find if only? Yet, not to late to respond….
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)