A couple of days ago, my husband and I were out fishing. We worked hard at it – we were in the right place, the right time, with the right gear. But we toiled all day and caught nothing, Sound familiar?
We eventually decided to pull up the trolling gear and run to Treasure Island Reef. On the run my thoughts became focused on “treasure.” Maybe this would be the place where I would pull in my bag of gold. It could happen!
Just last week I pulled in a coral-encrusted baseball cap. For many years I have claimed that: “the abundance of the sea shall be turned to you.” (Is 60:5) Would today be the day God gives it to me on Treasure Island Reef?
It was such a beautiful day for the 20-minute run over to the man-made reef that lies about 8 miles off the coast of – what else, Treasure Island, Florida. Excitedly we rigged up our lines and set up a slow troll and waited. And waited. And waited. Reality started to set in – no gold and no fish. We packed up our toys and headed for home.
However, I did not go home without a gift from God. In the quiet peace of a glassy calm Gulf, the Lord spoke to me about how special I am. I really had to chuckle because the name of our boat is the Special Kay!
Somehow God melted my heart and let me know I was His special treasure whether I was on Treasure Island Reef or not. He specifically calls me – and you – His special treasure. Can you imagine that the God of the universe, the King of kings and Lord of lords, considers us “special” and on the “treasure” level? (Deut. 7:6 NKJV). In other places in the Bible, He calls us prized possessions, royal treasures or jewels.
Notice God did not take this opportunity to explain to me why we didn’t catch any fish; nor lecture me on how to be a better person; or focus on my failures. He took this time to make me know how special I am, whether I feel like it or not. That day I really felt special. God touched me with His love – the same love He has for each and every one of us. I was looking for the material treasure to collect from that reef. God was busy collecting human beings, His special treasures.
Like the disciples in Luke 5, we toiled all day and caught nothing. But did I – or they – go away empty handed? Not a chance. We both had a revelation! The disciples had an eye-opening experience of who Jesus was from an abundance of fish in their nets. I had a heart-opening understanding of the love of the Father from catching no fish. Go figure.
I doesn’t matter that I never touched a fish that day. What matters is that God touched me!
(If you would like to make Jesus the Lord of your life, just pray this prayer: “Lord Jesus, I repent of my sins. Come into my heart. I make you my Lord and Savior”)