This past weekend our church had an all day beach day on the Oregon coast. Complete with games, snacks and a small barbecue, we all had a great time and got loads of sun. Because of my affinity for beach culture, I figured it would be a great idea to bring my skim board and practice my serious skills. For those not familiar with this kind of board, it’s sort of like a mini surfboard that you stand on to skim across the water. You don’t ride the waves at all, instead you sort of glide across 4 to 6 inches of standing water. It’s really super cool. I’ve always envied surfers but since my swimming skills are next to horrible I decided skimboarding would be the perfect summer sport, and safest too! How does it work you ask? Well, once you find the desirable height of water you simply toss the board out in front of you, run up to it from behind and jump on it. From that point the board takes care of the rest, enabling you to skim across the open water like a pro. Sounds simple doesn’t it? Oh but wait. To add to my all-star abilities, I made sure I spent a good 30 minutes watching YouTube videos so that I could get all the moves down pat. Just a note. The videos that I happened to watch were ones showing every day young adults gliding 50 feet across shallow waters while performing tricks as the ocean waves rolled in. By watching the videos I had mentally honed my skills before ever attempting the waters. This was going to be sweet to say the least. Yeah well, as you probably guessed I hit the waters with so much enthusiasm and anticipation that I forgot all about my infamous Klassen gene. It’s the gene that flares up anytime I attempt an active sport. It’s the gene that makes the possible aerodynamically impossible. Needless to say I spent the majority of the day demonstrating to my church and onlookers how NOT to skim board. Everyone including my wife thought it was hilarious. So does my chiropractor. We really did have a lot of fun though. By proving what not to do on the board I ended up teaching a guy in the church how to do it right. Go figure? After that he was teaching me. It was then that I knew I needed to go back to thing I’m great at. Sun tanning.
And He said to them, "Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some." So they cast, and now they were not able to draw it in because of the multitude of fish.
Oh, how many times in Jesus’ ministry did He inspire faith in the hearts of those ready to give up? I can think of so many instances. When it seemed as though there was nothing left and no possible solution, Jesus would always give the simplest of instructions to those willing to believe. The problem was that his ‘simple’ instructions were always a pretty huge leap for the mind to wrap itself around. For professional fishermen, finding a net-breaking amount of fish on the right side of the boat verses the left was incomprehensible. A simple instruction? Yes. Mind boggling and illogical? Definitely. But what if those fisherman ignored Jesus’ command because it didn’t make any sense? Then they would have missed their net-breaking success by just ten feet. Think about it. That’s how close success and failure were. Zero to 153 fish by a difference of ten feet! Because they chose to believe, by doing the same thing differently it yielded far more than they ever imagined. That’s why we can’t give up. That’s why we keep believing. There’s something about it that impresses God when we keep doing what we know to do. We just have to be ready to make the adjustment when the instruction comes. Rest assured, the instruction will come. But will we do it? Will we make that one adjustment even if it doesn’t make sense? The disciples did. The verse doesn’t even mention them hesitating. They just did it. That’s why attitude matters.
I’m waxing the board.