Thought you all would enjoy my visionary experience with Jesus earlier today. It is still so real, it is burned into my memory forever. It was more than a vision. It was an encounter. I love it when I am where reality truly is with Him! God is so awesome. He loves to make His Word alive to us and through us!
“Fishing With The Master”
The air was warm and inviting. It was so surreal, listening to the water gently lapping at the boat as I leaned against the side of the railing. I could feel the wind gently brushing my face and I smiled as I felt it’s sweet embrace. The water made lapping sounds as it gently sucked at my feet in the bottom of the boat. I wriggled my toes in my sandals and the water ran between my toes as it gently poured up and over my toes and then around my feet. “It was good to be here again,” I smilingly thought to myself.
I felt a gentle tugging, and my attention was abruptly brought back to my task in front of me. I looked and I had a fishing pole in my hand. It was not mine, but a borrowed pole. There were many poles lying unused at one end of the boat, and I had been given this one to use. It was long and slender with many carved joints placed at various intervals in the tan pale shaft. I was gazing at the pole when I suddenly felt another jerk on my pole. I jumped and sat upright and shook my head fully alert.
Jesus was laughing at me. I looked at my pole and there was a fish on my pole! I was so astounded that I gasped and I fumbled to pull it in. Awkwardly at first, I jerked the line and slowly I methodically started to pull it in. As I drew the line in, I could feel the weight of the fish as it tugged resistingly at the end of my pole. Excitement stirred within me as I felt the shiver of a thrill of having caught this wonder. I laughed with joy at the feeling of awe, at this unexpected moment and the rush of anticipation swept through me over the new catch for the day!
Jesus laughed even more. I looked over at Him and He was so full of joy watching me and my bumbling progress. He seemed to be enjoying me more than my first catch! His beard was gently moving as he laughed and the breeze caught it just so, so that you could see the gold’s and the brown’s light up his face when the sun’s rays caught them in their light. His eyes twinkled at me and he was enjoying both my awkwardness and my wonder. I then laughed with him and relaxed. He then pointed towards my pole.
I looked back at my pole, and I quickly caught myself for not paying attention to my task at hand. I reached down and began to hurriedly pull the line in more. I was getting wet as I did, and the water was running down into my sleeves. I hurriedly pulled my sleeves up jerkily and grasped the pole even tighter. Soon, I could hear the splashing of the fish as it neared the surface of the water and I quickly leaned forwards to get a better grip on the boat. I brushed my knee on the seat and slid my arm over the side of the boat.
Out in the water ahead of me was a splashing frenzy. I pulled the line in more and began to see the head of the fish as it emerged from the water. I t was a big fish. It was a fighting and tugging at my line with all it’s might. A thrill shot through me as I watched it’s chaotic approach, and I shrieked with delight. For a moment I didn’t know what to do next. But then, I gasped, and oh, oh yes, I remember. I grabbed my net. I reached for my net and lowered it under the fish. I was getting all wet as I brought the fish in further into the boat. It was splashing me and my tunic and my hair. But, I was determined not to lose this fish!
With all of my strength, I gripped the net firmly and pulled the fish onto the ledge of the boat. I then gripped the side of the boat with my other hand and jerked the net over the side of the boat fully into the bottom of the boat. I sat down heaving and gasping with triumph and shrieked with delight at my catch. Jesus eyes were twinkling and he was grinning with his hands raised. The sun was shining behind him and as I looked at him, it looked like the sun was radiating all the way through him. I gasped at the glory of him. He smiled and said, “Let’s see what you have caught.”
I jerked back to my self, and looked down. “Oh, Yes”, I said, fumbling. I looked down and saw that I had caught a big round flat fish. It was heaving and jerking in the bottom of the boat. It was brownish and flat and had silvery grey scales and it had bulging eyes and pinkish gills. Some of the scales shimmered with pinks as the sun caught the silvery scales in it’s light. There were spots on the fishes scales here and there and it had scars on it’s body. It was very large and it protested wildly at it’s being taken from the water. Jesus reached over and took it from the net and he lifted it up into the air to look at it. It flopped around suspended on the line. Then it suddenly relaxed and it rested. I gasped, and wondered, “How can a fish rest on the line out of the water?” Jesus smiled.
Jesus then said to me, “Take it off of the line.” I reached up and took the fish. I slowly opened it’s mouth to remove it and I was shocked to see that another fish was inside of it’s mouth. This big fish had eaten another smaller fish and I had pulled them both in together on one line! I laid the big fish down in the boat. I took the other fish out of the larger fish’s mouth. The smaller fish was just like the bigger fish but it was more colorful. The bigger fish must have watched the other fish bite my line and then the bigger fish swallowed the other fish. So I got double for my effort. “What a bonus!” I thought.
I reached out and began to take the other fish off of the line and as I opened it’s mouth, the same thing happened again! There was another fish inside of this fish! I was shocked. My mind reeled. I looked at Jesus. He was intently watching me. His eyebrow was raised and He was waiting on me. I looked back at my fish. I gulped and shaking I slowly took it off of my line. This next smaller fish was a different type of fish. It was a long slender fish with pink scales and a silver body. It’s scales gleamed in the sunlight. It has small white gills and sharp little spine things on it’s head. It’s eyes were looking at me. I gingerly took it and began to remove it from the line. I opened it’s mouth, and underneath it was a really small fish! I couldn’t believe it! This could not be real! “I must be dreaming”, I said. This little fish was a light reddish color with tan and whitish scales and pinkish gills. It was thrashing wildly under my fingers. It did not want to let go of my line. It was a feisty little fish.
I tightened my grip on it and opened it’s little mouth with my finger and pulled at my line. Out of it’s mouth popped my line. On the end of my line was a small bright light. It was brilliant and it flashed radiantly in the sunlight. I was astounded at it’s glorious brilliance. I reached out and took the line in my hand and I held the light in my hand. It was a living, swirling light. It looked like it was dancing in my hand. I looked at it and all of a sudden, I remembered! I had seen this before! I looked up and there was Jesus sitting in the boat, leaning towards me. He was watching me intently. The sun was still streaming from behind him, and it seemed to radiate all the way through him again! “This was the same light that was on my pole!” I thought, stunned!
He then reached out and took the pole from me. He smilingly took my hands into His and He looked deeply into My eyes and said, “I have many, many fish. I know where every one of them are. I know how and when to catch each one of them. But what is really important to me are my fishers. You asked me to teach you to fish for men. I am here to teach you to fish. You are to fish with Me. I am the Light that draws all men. It is My Light within you, and My Life and Presence emanating from you, that will draw those that are destined to be Mine.
It is with Me that you will cast forth your line.”
The Vision ended.
Matthew 4:18While walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon (who is called Peter) and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. 19And he said to them, "Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men." 20Immediately they left their nets and followed him.
Mark 1:16 Passing alongside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew the brother of Simon casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. 17And Jesus said to them, "Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men." 18And immediately they left their nets and followed him. 19And going on a little farther, he saw James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, who were in their boat mending the nets. 20And immediately he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants and followed him.
Luke 5:2 and he saw two boats by the lake, but the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. 3Getting into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, he asked him to put out a little from the land. And he sat down and taught the people from the boat. 4And when he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, "Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch." 5And Simon answered, "Master, we toiled all night and took nothing! But at your word I will let down the nets." 6And when they had done this, they enclosed a large number of fish, and their nets were breaking. 7They signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. 8But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, "Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord." 9For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish that they had taken, 10and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, "Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men." 11And when they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed him.
40 One of the two who heard John speak and followed Jesus was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. 41He first found his own brother Simon and said to him, "We have found the Messiah" (which means Christ). 42He brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, "So you are Simon the son of John? You shall be called Cephas" (which means Peter).
Matthew 16:18And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
1 Corinthians 1:12What I mean is that each one of you says, "I follow Paul," or "I follow Apollos," or "I follow Cephas," or "I follow Christ."
1 Corinthians 3:22whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future—all are yours,
1 Corinthians 3:4For when one says, "I follow Paul," and another, "I follow Apollos," are you not being merely human?
Matthew 23:9And call no man your father on earth, for you have one Father, who is in heaven. 10Neither be called instructors, for you have one instructor, the Christ.
Matthew 13:47"Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was thrown into the sea and gathered fish of every kind.