This morning my post is about one man, two ponds and a bunch of fish and one giant lesson learned. I was going to write about what I’m thankful for like I do every year around this time. Normally I would write something like this… The word says “in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:18″ So I’m thankful for my wife of 30 years, for all my family and friends. I’m thankful for my Church and Church family and all the many blessings, trials and tribulations I receive from the Lord. Those are wonderful things to be thankful for, but It says, “in everything give thanks” Everything!
This past week the Lord showed me something that I needed to be thankful for and He used an unlikely person to get His point across. Here’s what happened last week.
Story telling is not my strongest suit, but it begins like this…..
I walked into a break room of one of my accounts to service their machines and a man was in there that is always friendly to me, he began to tell me a story about his two ponds he had by his house, one was a man-made pond, that he had filled with fish and the other farther down the driveway near the entrance that was a spring fed pond. The man-made pond had a bunch of trees around it. This past fall the leaves had fallen and most of them landed in the man-made pond.
One night coming home from work he noticed that the water in the man-made pond was brown and filling up with leaves… He looked and thought the fish were all dead or gasping for clean water. They were all on their side floating like dead fish in this nasty polluted water. He didn’t know what to do, but just like that a plan came to him… Nah he said that won’t work, but I have to try something, what about the clean spring fed pond that’s been around since I was a kid? So he told me he gathered up all those helpless fish and carry them to the clean fresh spring water and waited to see what happens, but his hopes weren’t very high that something would happen but it was worth a try.
The story goes on that his daughter came home before he did the next day and in her amazement all the fish had life and all were swimming around in the fresh clean spring fed water. She phoned her dad and told him the great news and he just said Amazing, those fish were helpless and all it took was for me to gather them up and move them from the polluted dirty water to the fresh clean water and something happen there I can’t explain and they are alive. I walk over to him after he had finished the story and shook his hand and said thank you, he replied for what? I said for showing me what Amazing Grace is! He replied back ok what ever, it was just a story.
Amazing what clean fresh flowing spring fed water will do! I was in total amazement, that was the greatest and clearest illustration of the sovereignty of God in salvation I have every heard and it was from an unbeliever… Oh how God can use a crooked stick to draw a straight line. Just like those fish, we who are saved were dead in our trespasses and sin and by His great mercy saved us Ephesians 2:1, 2 and 3, 4.
I could help but to think of the words Jesus said in John 6: 37 and 44 All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will certainly not cast out. No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up on the last day. Then look and verse 45 It is written in the prophets, ‘AND THEY SHALL ALL BE TAUGHT OF GOD (Isaiah 54:13).’ Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father, comes to Me. I think from these verses we can conclude that everyone that hears and learns from God, will be drawn to God and come willingly, ultimately bringing conversion to that person. Then look at John 6:65 And He was saying, “For this reason I have said to you, that no one can come to Me unless it has been granted him from the Father.” The word draw is an interesting word… Except the Father draws him (hélkō) God’s drawing power. The basic meaning is “to draw,” “tug,” or, in the case of persons, “compel.”
Luther says on this passage: “The drawing is not like that of the executioner, who draws the thief up the ladder to the gallows; but it is a gracious allurement, such as that of the man whom everybody loves, and to whom everybody willingly goes.”
I’m thinking of those fish, they had no power to refuse the gracious hands of that man to bring them to the fresh saving water of that clean pond and to save them from death. I can’t ever remember reading about anyone drowning who says while someone is saving them, “No don’t save me” What do they do, they come willingly with the one who is saving them, that’s efficacious irresistible grace.
Lazarus was as dead as they come (just like those fish) and it was Jesus who spoke life into Him, When He had said these things, He cried out with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth.” John 11:43 Lazarus had no power or life in him to say “NO” Lord! I will “NOT” come forth and you will not bring me back from the dead. What happen then “The man who had died came forth” John 11:44 Those fish went from death to life 2 Corinthians 5:17 just like we have, who have been saved from the wrath to come.
I’m thankful that God supernaturally taught me the things concerning His son and I came willingly, I wanted to be saved despite myself. I was given to the Son from the Father and I came and He will not cast me out. Just like those fish they came to that man willingly, they did not fight back and say let us die! That man was gracious and did not cast the out but saved them by placing them from death to life.
You see folks the Lord puts His spirit in us to hear the gospel call and we come freely for that I say Thank You Lord Jesus Thank You!
The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who wishes take the water of life without cost. Revelation 22:17. So you hear now come! Repent and believe! Mark 1:15 Confess your sins Romans 10:9, 10 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23
Just like those fish it will alter your life!
and that’s what I’m thankful for!
and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria