Monday, February 6, 2012

Reeled In~ Day 4 {Captivated}

A great fisherman is hard to find,

but a great fisher-of-men,   

 is a treasure indeed.

When I met my husband, I was blessed to find both.

And while a wedding gift on our refrigerator always brings a smile to our hearts,

being "caught" not only by my husband,

 but by the Holy Spirit as well,

 is what cheers my heart the most!

(To read about my husband's role in my search for God, read "A Hunger and Thirst" Day 3.)

It was the summer of 1991 and I had two goals in mind: taking classes I needed for my teacher re-certification and finding God.  My sister, who lived near the college I had graduated from, invited me to spend the summer with her family. So, with suitcase in tow, I showed up June 1st.  As I unpacked my things in the small bedroom I would be sharing with my 10 month old niece, I invited God to show up in my life, too.

I had purchased a brand new Bible with one goal in mind:
                              
                                                     my pursuit of God.


And, on the inside cover, I had placed a heart sticker with this promise:


Each day, I knelt by my bed and prayed. 

I prayed for God to reveal Himself to me.
 
I prayed for the Holy Spirit to open the eyes of my heart to see God in a real, life-changing way.

I prayed God would create in me a hunger and a thirst to know Him more. 

And each time I prayed, God was faithful to show up. 


Little by little, the words of the Bible began to makes sense to me.  The more I read, the more I wanted to read.  The more I wanted to read, the more what I read began to sink into my heart and take root.  The more God's Word began to take root, the more I began to hunger and thirst for more. 

A God who I had always thought to be distant, unapproachable and harsh, was now becoming a God who was deeply interested in me, loving, merciful and kind, and all love, all the time. 

It was amazing.

The more I sought God, the more I found Him and the more my heart desired to know Him more.

I was falling in love with the Lover of my Soul.

My fisherman had been faithful to throw out the line,
but it was the Holy Spirit who was drawing me in.

As I studied God's Word that summer,  the Holy Spirit led me to Paul's prayer in Ephesians 3:14-19. As I read the words of Paul's heart, they became the desire of my own:

For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.

I was starting to scratch the surface of God's love

and His love,

His love was reeling me in. 








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3 comments:

  1. I also have a fisherman and "fisher-of-men" husband!! I love the comparison in the Bible of the husband loving his wife like Christ loves the church"(Ephesians 5:25)and "Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church."(Ephesians 5:22-23) Our relationship with our husband says a lot about how we relate to our Lord! Blessings to you!

    In HIS Lo♥e, Ann

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  2. You are an amazing writer, Stacy and an expert fisher-of-men (and women)! Each day you cast out a piece of your story and reel us in! Love it!
    Blessings!
    Pam

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  3. the verse... he who finds a wife finds a good thing... you would call it a good catch!
    loved your post... Jesus knows where to cast the nets !

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