Hooks of Hope! What Happened to your dreams?

And He said to them, “Cast the net on the right-hand side of the boat and you will find a catch.” So they cast, and then they were not able to haul it in because of the great number of fish. John 21:6

God is always with us, and you never know what He will use to speak to your heart. Recently, I was reading a Dr. Seuss story to my toddler and I was actually inspired by one of the stories in his book. No, I’m not referring to Green Eggs and Ham or the Cat in the Hat. The story I’m talking about is McElligot’s Pool.I had never even heard of this story before, but I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have had as much appreciation for it as a child. If you’re not familiar with the story or simply need a refresher, here’s the gist.

A boy named Marco was fishing in McElligot’s pool, when a farmer laughed at him and called him a fool. The farmer goes on about how small the pool was and that it was where everyone else threw their trash. He tells the boy that even if he sat there for fifty years, no matter what his hopes were, he still wouldn’t catch any fish. Unbothered by the farmer’s skepticism, Marco continued fishing. He tells the farmer that the pool may be deeper than what it appeared and that it may actually be connected to other sources of water that contained all sorts of fish. The story climaxes with Marco describing the possibility of him catching a fish bigger than anyone could have ever imagined!

It’s pretty clear that the author was illustrating how cynical some adults can be, and how full of hope and optimism children can be. Peter had been fishing all night and hadn’t caught anything. Jesus showed up and told him to cast his net on the other side of the boat. Peter reluctantly did as he was told and caught so many fish that his net begin to break. In this scripture, Peter reminds me of the farmer who didn’t have any faith in fishing from certain spots.. It didn’t seem logical that anyone could catch fish in McElligot’s pool, afterall it was a place where people dumped their junk. It also didn’t seem logical that Peter, who had been fishing all night, would catch any fish simply by casting his net on the opposite side of the boat. The common denominator between the two is that neither believed in the impossible.

When did we give up on believing God for the impossible? When did we abandon our God given dreams? When did we start listening to the voices of fear and doubt? When did we become cynical and a little too realistic? Is there anything too hard for God? (Jeremiah 32:27) When did we go from having Marco’s optimism, to possessing the farmer’s skepticism? When did we start looking at the surface and stop looking at God as the ultimate deeper source? The source that is connected to possibilities far bigger than we could have ever imagined? Has God planted something inside of you that’s so big it’s scares you? Ephesians 3:20 says, “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.” Your work in the Lord must be bigger than you, because it’s not supposed to stop with you. We glorify God when we share with others what He has blessed us with.

Sometimes what God puts inside of us doesn’t seem logical or it conflicts with what others see. You can see treasure in places where others dump their trash.Perhaps it was a well meaning relative or simply a negative person who discouraged you from dreaming. I want to challenge you to dream again and believe in the impossible! Tune out your fears and inhibitions and completely trust God. Look beyond what you see and activate your faith. You have a God given assignment, and I want to encourage you to bait your hook with hope and cast it into a pool of blessings, purpose and favor.

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