MY THANKSGIVING PORTION

MY THANKSGIVING PORTION

Lam. 3:22-24 The LORD’S loving-kindnesses indeed never cease,
For His compassions never fail. They are new every morning;
Great is Your faithfulness. “The LORD is my portion,” says my soul,
“Therefore I have hope in Him.”

That’s one of the things we like about Thanksgiving, who cares about portion control? For that one day all of those rules seem to go out the window. Especially guys, they are all about the size of their portion. That is what is so strange about this scripture, it is not talking about the gifts and blessings given by God, it is talking about God Himself, He is my portion. This is the hardest part for the lost, “the Lord is my portion, what is that?” The unsaved mind can never comprehend the goodness of God. Charles Spurgeon spoke often about our portion as a Christian, listen to his thoughts about our spiritual portion.

“It is not The Lord is partly my portion, nor The Lord is in my portion; but he himself makes up the sum total of my soul’s inheritance. Within the circumference of that circle lies all that we possess or desire. The Lord is my portion. Not his grace merely, nor his love, nor his covenant, but Jehovah himself. He has chosen us for his portion, and we have chosen him for ours. It is true that the Lord must first choose our inheritance for us, or else we shall never choose it for ourselves; but if we are really called according to the purpose of electing love…”

The average person in our world will say they believe in God, but what do they mean? How do they view God? The basic idea is this, God is good because He does good things for me. He provides my financial needs, my health, gets me out of tight spots, why He even helps my chosen football team win. God is good to most because of what He does for them. Their portion is what He gives, not God Himself. The trouble with this position comes up when bad stuff happens, most people become confused, disillusioned, and even mad at God. Their world comes crashing down because of a wrong view of who He is.
Now for those who have tasted the goodness of God for themselves, God Himself has become their portion, He is all satisfying and sufficient in all circumstances. Now don’t get me wrong, I believe the Lord gives me all sorts of good things, His gifts can be quite overwhelming! He is constantly loading my life with benefits but they are not my portion. All of these earthly blessings will grow old and fade away, but the Lord Himself never grows old, He is always more than wonderful.
How does our perception of God change? The key is “perception”. We must taste Him for ourselves. Christianity is more than a philosophy or a belief in God. For the true Christian, their belief flows out of their experience. This Thanksgiving remember, no matter how great of a feast you enjoy, their is a far greater portion available in the Lord Himself.

A TRIBUTE TO KEVIN TRIMBLE

My Tribute to Kevin Trimble
Merry Monday by Parris Bailey

“Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. 4 No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier. 5 And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully.” 2 Tim 2:3-5
As many of you already know, Kevin Trimble graduated high school last year and went to serve in the US Army in Afghanistan. He was only there 6 months when he stepped on a IED and was left with only one arm. (Triple Amputee) He is 19 and 3 other of his siblings serve in the military and all attend our church. While I have yet to see him I think of him often. He will, for the next two years, undergo extensive physical therapy in San Antonio with many other amputees from the war.
The above scripture was one of Paul’s last words to Timothy. Paul was facing death by the hands of Nero. Peter too wouldn’t be far behind. It was a war that has never ended. It is a different way of life. Kevin’s world is very different from mine. Everyday he has to depend on people to give him the basic necessities of life. He is fighting unbelievable odds. Paul gave Timothy no sympathy or sugar coating. It’s a war son, strive to master it.
Paul says in Phil.3, “Brethren, as for myself, as I look back upon my life and calmly draw a conclusion, I am not counting myself yet as one who has in an absolute and complete way laid hold (of that for which I have been laid hold of by Christ Jesus); but one thing, I, in fact am forgetting completely the things that are behind, and am stretching forward to the things that are in front; bearing down upon the goal, I am pursuing on for the prize of the call from above of God which is in Christ Jesus.” (Wuest)
I like that, bearing down upon the goal and pursuing the prize. Today is your Monday, and I chose to call it Merry Monday. No, not another Monday where its same-o, same-o but another day to run your race. No, you wont see me driving into McDonalds to grab a sausage biscuit, or picking up a dozen Crispy Cremes to bless my coworkers. I will think of Kevin. Paul was giving Timothy the same charge. “Take your part in suffering hardship.” Paul and other Christian workers were enduring afflictions, and so should Timothy. The exhortation was needed. Timothy was a rather timid, reluctant young fellow it seems. Maybe a late bloomer. He was not cast in the heroic mold of Paul. Paul uses the military metaphor of a soldier. “Warreth” is strateuō, “to make a military expedition, to do military duty, be on active service, to be engaged in warfare.” “Entangleth” is emplekō, “to inweave, to be involved in, to entangle.” “Affairs” is pragmateia, “the prosecution of any affair, business, occupation”; with the addition of bios, “the necessaries of life” as it is here, it means “pursuits and occupations pertaining to civil life.” (Wuest)
Translation: Take your part with others in enduring hardships as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No one when engaged in military service allows himself to become involved in civilian pursuits, in order that he may please the one who enlisted him as a soldier. This isn’t suppose to be a punishment or a set of laws.
2 Cor. 5:14 “For the love of Christ constraineth us” – “We have the love of God shed abroad in our hearts, and this causes us to love God intensely, and to love and labor for the salvation of men. And it is the effect produced by this love which bears us away with itself, which causes us to love after the similitude of that love by which we are influenced; and as God so loved the world as to give his Son for it, and as Christ so loved the world as to pour out his life for it, so we, influenced by the very same love, desire to spend and be spent for the glory of God, and the salvation of immortal souls.”(Wuest)
I pray you too will see Monday in a whole new perspective. Kevin will get up and go back into physical therapy to train his one arm to lift his entire body. I too will continue to try to become a good soldier of Jesus Christ. Oh, Timothy did run his race, he too while pastoring the church at Ephesus, was beaten to death in the year 97 AD, some 30 years after Paul’s death.
“But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry. For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.”

THE VOICE OF THANKSGIVING

THE VOICE OF THANKSGIVING
Heather Prosser

Psalm 26:7
That I may proclaim with the voice of thanksgiving,
And tell of all Your wondrous works.

“To know that nothing hurts the godly, is a matter of comfort; but to be assured that all things which fall out shall co-operate for their good, that their crosses shall be turned into blessings, that showers of affliction water the withering root of their grace and make it flourish more; this may fill their hearts with joy till they run over.” Thomas Watson

In just a short time, many of us will be gathering around a Thanksgiving table with our family and friends. Each of us will have different stories to tell and memories from this past year. Some memories will be fond and others will bring back emotions we’d much rather leave in the past. However, lets look at the Psalmist’s words of wisdom and the Puritan’s words of experience as to how the redeemed press on in this life.

In the course of 12 months, many ups and downs will occur in a person’s life. A wise friend once told me, “Circumstance does not define a person, but rather the love of our Heavenly Father”. This love overrides all the pain, regrets and even our human accomplishments. The Father’s love covers us as a banner and ensures our protection. Watson knew well the battles that come with this life, but he also knew well the triumph that comes through the battles as we walk as the redeemed.

As you ponder over the past year this Thanksgiving, I pray you begin to see life as more than just something to overcome, but instead—a gift—and find His sweetness in the midst of it all.

We should be as David, filled with Thanksgiving to our great Savior King, and tell of His wondrous works. Charles Surgeon regarding our gratitude has said:

“David was so far instructed that he does not mention the typical offering, but discerns the spiritual offering which was intended thereby, not the groans of bullocks, but songs of gratitude the spiritual worshipper presents. To sound abroad the worthy praises of the God of all grace should be the everyday business of a pardoned sinner. Let men slander us as they will, let us not defraud the Lord of his praises; let dogs bark, but let us like the moon shine on. And tell of all thy wondrous works. God’s people should not be tongue tied. The wonders of divine grace are enough to make the tongue of the dumb sing. God’s works of love are wondrous if we consider the unworthiness of their objects, the costliness of their method, and the glory of their result. And as men find great pleasure in discoursing upon things remarkable and astonishing, so the saints rejoice to tell of the great things which the Lord hath done for them.”

As you gather around the table this year, may you joyously overflow in shouts of His wondrous works in your life.

LOOK WHAT THE LORD HAS DONE

LOOK WHAT THE LORD HAS DONE
Brandy Monnerjahn

Psalms 107:8-9
8 Let them praise the Lord for his great love and for the wonderful things he has done for them.
9 For he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.

How many times today have you praised the Lord for His great Love? How many times have you thanked Him for the wonderful things He has done? As children of God, we have received the greatest gift, the gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ… Not because of anything we may have to offer or have done, but because of His great love. He has caused His face to shine upon us…while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. We should ever keep in the foreground of our mind the mighty gift of salvation and daily give thanks. Charles Spurgeon puts it this way, “Surely men will do this (give thanks) without being exhorted to it when the deliverance is fresh in their memories…It is well that the redeemed should be stirred up to bless the Lord again and again, for preserved life deserves life long thankfulness.”

In the mid 1990’s, during a season of heightened revival, we often sang a song in our church called: “Look What the Lord has Done.” The chorus says, “Look what the Lord has done. Look what the Lord has done. He healed my body. He touched my mind. He saved me just in time. I’m gonna praise His name. Each day is just the same. Come on and praise Him. Look what the Lord has done.” Then we would sing, clap, jump, dance, shout and even run. As I write the lyrics to this song and think back to the times of singing it, I get a smile on my face and joy floods my soul. Think about what He has done! Joy and peace will begin to flood your soul. When we are grateful to God and begin to rehearse His marvelous doings, God is glorified and we are satisfied. God wants us to remember His works because they speak of His goodness, of His faithfulness, of His very nature. His works declare His glory!

During this Thanksgiving season, we should remind ourselves of the Lord’s blessing in our lives. We daily eat from His hand. He supplies seed for sowing and bread for food. Jesus is upholding, sustaining, and maintaining our lives. He has conquered sin, death, and the grave. He has given us the Victory. He has translated us from the Kingdom of darkness to the Kingdom of the Son of His love. We were once thirsty and He satisfied us, we were once hungry and He filled us with Himself. Take a moment to thank Him today that He did not leave us as orphans but we have received a “Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, ‘Abba, Father.’”

A THANKFUL LIVING

THANKSGIVING BLOG
BY ZACH PROSSER

A Thankful Living

“Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift!”
2 Corinthians 9:15, ESV

In just a few days, many will be commemorating Thanksgiving. Many will be with family, preparing Thanksgiving meals, enjoying Thanksgiving football games, and more.

The original Thanksgiving celebration reminds us of the triumph that comes through tragedy and true thankfulness that is produced in times of testing. Here’s a quote from Edward Winslow, one of the Pilgrims at Plymouth who chronicled the first Thanksgiving celebration (written in modern translation):

“Our corn did prove well, and, God be praised, we had a good increase of Indian corn, and our barley indifferent good… Our harvest being gotten in, our governor sent four men on fowling, that so we might after a special manner rejoice together after we had gathered the fruit of our labors. They four in one day killed as much fowl as, with a little help beside, served the company almost a week…many of the Indians coming amongst us, and among the rest their greatest king Massasoit, with some ninety men, whom for three days we entertained and feasted…And although it be not always so plentiful as it was at this time with us, yet by the goodness of God, we are so far from want that we often wish you partakers of our plenty.”

In a time when nearly half of those who traveled to this new land for religious freedom did not survive the journey, yet genuine thankfulness to God can be heard from those who survived and enjoyed His provision. When death and contagious diseases were rampant amongst the Pilgrims, thankfulness for the genuine freedom they had found brought hope of this new life.

Likewise, as believers, we have a freedom that comes in Christ. Romans 8:32 describes this incredible and inexpressible gift given to us: More than earthly provision and sustenance, even though these necessities He provides, but “He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?”

Whatever circumstances this season may bring in life, our genuine hope is founded on the freedom that comes in Christ. Words cannot begin to describe the magnitude and overwhelming nature of the gift of Christ given for our ransom and new life. The more we meditate on and enjoy this heavenly gift, the more inexpressible He becomes and our natural affairs become more limited. Like the Pilgrims, our lives truly become a journey from this life to the next in this enjoyment of our heavenly gift. Our focus is no longer on temporary sufferings, but only on eternal bliss (2 Cor 4:18).

Allow a life of thankfulness to be produced as you fix your eyes on your inexpressible gift: “Turn your eyes upon Jesus. Look full in His wonderful face. And the things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace.” (Helen H. Lemmel, 1922)

LIES, OLD TURKEY, AND A REAL THANKSGIVING

LIES, OLD TURKEY, AND A REAL THANKSGIVING

2 Corinthians 4:15
For all things are for your sakes, that grace, having spread through the many, may cause thanksgiving to abound to the glory of God.

These words are written by Paul speaking of the great sacrifice that had been endured for the Corinthians so that the “grace” of God would be expressed to many so that “thanks giving” would overflow to the glory of God.

I recall as a young boy my father and his brothers deciding one year instead of buying a turkey for our holiday feast they would venture into the “woods” of Mississippi and “bag” one. On the morning that they departed their hopes were high and those of us who were left were assured a turkey would be ours before the end of the day.

Many hours passed with no word. We didn’t have cell phones back then so all we could do was wait. As darkness came we heard a car driving onto the gravel road and there were the hunters with their proud possession in hand, a turkey, feathers and all.

They gave their “gotten” game to my grandmother and aunts who immediately started plucking, gutting and cleaning this turkey. As this endeavor continued my grandmother noticed something unusual, bread crumbs in the birds “innards”. No wild game would have breadcrumbs, so my “wise and experienced” grandmother confronted her “sons”. They readily admitted through their drunken laughter that they had not “actually” hunted this turkey but had purchased it live from a farmer. But to not totally lie they released the bird into a field, counted to 100 and then began chasing it. Of course the turkey was no match for these “great” hunters and as it sort of wandered around they all took shots at it, finally hitting it and claimed victory.

The truth was all they did that day in the woods was sit, wait and freeze. Of course they had prepared for the cold by bringing a bottle of “Old Turkey” and that they did kill.

The humor of their story is unfortunately tempered by the reality of four brothers spending a day in the woods getting drunk.

Fast forward
In 1988 my father found himself in a very difficult place standing before a judge who offered him the alternative of a jail sentence or being remanded to the oversight of an alcohol out-patient rehab program. Of course my father quickly accepted the latter and joined a group of men who spent their time discussing their problem with alcohol.

This particular group was lead by a “pastor” who at each and every meeting would declare the goodness of God into the lives of these men, including my dad.

On one of these fate-filled nights what was being said came alive in my daddy’s heart. He broke and admitted his need for Jesus to be his savior and deliverer. On that night the “grace” of God was a reality to Howard Eugene Walden, my dad.

Everything changed – alcohol gone, carousing was over and brawling came to an end.

Fast forward to Thanksgiving, 1990.
As my family, my wife and children join my mom and dad for Thanksgiving at their home in Harvey, La, we gathered around the feast, with a turkey that was bought and not shot, lol, my dad turned, looked at me and asked “Rod, would you say the blessing?” (Rodney is my middle name and the only name my family calls me by) that was not a common question in our home when I was a boy. What a change, His grace was the reality.

All of this is written for this one statement. “Except for the “Grace of God” there is no Thanksgiving. 2Corinthians 4:15

Octavius Winslow wrote in the book “The Precious Things of God” these words describing the Preciousness of Christ, that His fullness meets my emptiness – His blood cleanses my guilt- His grace subdues my sin – His patience bears my infirmities – His gentleness helps my weakness – His love quickens my obedience – His sympathy soothes my sorrow – His beauty charms my eyes.

My Dad is with Jesus now and I know that the words that Winslow wrote are a reality for him throughout eternity.

The Grace of God is my Thanksgiving.

THANKSGIVING SEASONINGS

THANKSGIVING SEASONING

Psalm 107:1
Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.

As Thanksgiving Day quickly approaches, many people begin to think about being thankful. Many who do not normally give thanks to God, will even utter prayers over the Thanksgiving meal. But really for the Christian, this attitude of thanksgiving should be found in us throughout all the seasons of our life. About two months ago, the Lord began to deal with me about being thankful. He was convicting me about being ungrateful. He wanted me to be grateful, even though there were some situations in my life that were not ideal, not pleasant, and most of the time quite annoying realities. I was allowing the circumstances of my life to affect my attitude. I found myself murmuring and complaining to myself and my wife regarding my situation. After the Lord began to deal with me, I told my wife and my kids that we were going to be a grateful family. I asked them to correct me when I was being ungrateful. Our new family saying right now is “Thank you Jesus”. It might sound ridiculous, like a cliché or even possibly insincere but it’s our heart’s cry. When I find myself complaining or dare I say whining, I utter my new mantra, “Thank you Jesus”. The Bible tells us in 1 Thessalonians 5:18, “in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” The Lord wants our life to be seasoned with thanksgiving. The Bible also says in Colossians 3:17, “And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” He also wants our praise to be seasoned with thanksgiving. The Bible says in Psalm 69:30, “I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify Him with thanksgiving.” Psalm 95:2a says, “Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving.” Psalm 100:4 says, “Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.” Our prayers should also be seasoned with thanksgiving. Philippians 4:6-7 says, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Colossians 4:2 says, “Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving.” The Lord also desires for our relationships to be seasoned with thanksgiving. 1 Thessalonians 1:2 says, “We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers.” He wants us to be thankful to Him for others. Yes, even those that persecute you.

You might be thinking, “How is it possible to be a giver of thanks when the circumstances of your life are unpleasant?” Psalm 97:12 says, “Rejoice in the LORD, you righteous, and give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name.” Psalm 107:8 says, “Oh, that men would give thanks to the LORD for His goodness.” Hebrews 13:15 says, “Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.” We can enter into thanksgiving by remembering Him, by considering Jesus, by meditating on Him and His marvelous works and confessing His Goodness with your own lips.

Give thanks today to the Lord for His Goodness, for His Mercy that endures forever, for His excellent greatness, for His mighty acts of deliverance, and for His saving grace in your life. Let Him season you with a little Thanksgiving Seasoning as you say “Thank you Jesus.”

THANKSGIVING, FAMILY GATHERINGS, AND MIRACLES

THANKSGIVING, FAMILY GATHERINGS, AND MIRACLES
Pastor Karen Boudreaux

Oh the holidays… crisp, cool weather…the smell of turkey baking in the oven and the joy of another opportunity to share a meal with our families. Joy? Maybe, maybe not. Perhaps your family isn’t believers. Instead of being a delightful day, you know it will be one filled with meaningless stories and coarse jesting. Our LOST love ones… Just like the paralytic in Mark 2, we must realize they are incapable of saving themselves. You have tried and tried again to tell your relatives of Christ. But their eyes do not see and their ears do not hear a word you have said. Nevertheless, Spurgeon writes, “Oh, how we ought to love sinners, since Jesus loved us, and died for us while we were yet sinners! We must care for drunkards while they still pass round the cup; those that swear even while we hear them swear. We must not wait till we see some better thing in them, but feel an intense interest for them as what they are- straying and lost.”
So what can we do? We could be like the Syro-Phoenican woman who had a daughter who was demon possessed, one she couldn’t handle any longer, you know the difficult one in your life. Yet the mother went to Jesus, and Jesus healed the daughter that very day… How you may ask? Jesus worked through the cries of a desperate mother who believed that nothing is too hard for the Lord. Even though the patient was distant, the Lord’s arm was not too short to find her and to make her whole. Or consider the Centurion that said, “Lord, just send the word and I know my servant will be healed”. Jesus said this man had great faith and his servant was healed that very day.
“Tell him of your sister, your mother, your child, your spouse, your neighbor. He hears and delights to stretch out His hand and heal.”
And then after praying and believing, bring your love one to Christ just as the paralytic’s friends did. When the door was not an option they climbed on the roof, cut a hole in the tile and lowered their friend down to where the Great Physician was performing miracles. Spurgeon continues, “They could not preach, but they could hold a rope. Oh for soul winners who can bear the souls on their hearts and feel their burdens; men who, it may be, cannot talk, but who can weep; men who cannot break men’s hearts with their language, but who’s own hearts are broken with compassion for the lost….Christian men and women, join together and pray for your friends who cannot or will not pray for themselves; and if you meet with any in deep distress, palsied with despair, who cannot lift the finger of faith, strive to bring them to hear the Gospel, bring them where Christ is WORKING MIRACLES … For it is there that the power of the Lord is present to heal them. It was the business of the four bearers to bring the man to Christ, (and so it is yours) but there, their power ended. But thank God, when we end, Christ begins…” The Lord forgave him of his sins and healed his body.

RETURN TO NARNIA

The land of Narnia
Merry Monday by Parris Bailey

“The world’s a huge stockpile of God’s-wonders and God’s thoughts. Nothing and no one else comes close to you! I start talking about you, telling what I know and quickly run out of words.”
Ps.40 Message

I raised my children reading Narnia books to them, I even find myself reading those mystical books again and again. When another movie comes out in the series I will be the first to see it. In this crazy world where everything is upside down, its nice to push out the back of the wardrobe and go into Narnia land. I believe David, from time to time, had to leave this world of cut throats and evil people. Jacob saw a ladder with angels going up and down on it and we won’t even begin to tell what Ezekiel saw. It is the unseen world and learning to see God in our present world. When we go outside, and I mean really go outside, do we see the huge stockpile of God’s wonders and His thoughts? How long will you surround yourself with plastic- synthetic and machinery? Then to make matters worse we sit down and eat plastic synthetic foods and we wonder why we feel bad and have a hard time creating anything lasting. Everything on this earth exists for our benefit and to see His glory and hear His thoughts.
In the “Voyage of the Dawn Treader” Lucy, after finding out she would not return to Narnia exclaimed, “And how can we live, never meeting you?” Aslan replied, “But there you shall meet me, dear one. There I have another name. You must learn to know me by that name. This was the reason why you were brought to Narnia, that by knowing me here for a little, you may know me better there.”
David goes on in Ps.45:1 by saying “My heart bursts its banks, spilling beauty and goodness. I pour it out in a poem to the king, shaping the river into words.” I pray that at some point you will just STOP and take in GOD. His love for you and his dreams for you. Yes, it might involve changing your lifestyle of whatever else was so important but take a trip to Narnia—the unseen world of His beauty and the seen world of his creation. It might involve changing your appetites and putting down all the distractions. Who knows you might just put down that iPhone of yours and hear something amazing.
“Your ozone-drenched garments are fragrant with mountain breeze. Chamber music- from the throne room-makes you want to dance.” Ps.45 Oh sorry gotta go now someone is calling me…..

STILL FISHIN’

STILL FISHIN’

Luke 5:4-8 When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” But Simon answered and said to Him, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.” And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking. So they 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. When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!”

This is one of my favorite stories in the Bible. It is almost comical, imagining the face of Peter, James, and John as they saw the greatest haul of fish ever seen on the Sea of Galilee. These men had lived on this lake and fished on this lake all of their lives. They had never seen anything like this, nothing even close. A new chapter had begun in their lives, they were becoming fishers of men. Matthew Henry makes some interesting observations about this miracle, check out his words.

“The draught of fish they caught was so much beyond what was ever known that it amounted to a miracle. They enclosed a great multitude of fishes, so that their net broke, and yet, which is strange, they did not lose their draught. It was so great a draught that they had not hands sufficient to draw it up; but they were obliged to beckon to their partners, who were at a distance, out of call, to come and help them, but the greatest evidence of the vastness of the draught was that they filled both the ships with fish, to such a degree that they overloaded them, and they began to sink, so that the fish had like to have been lost again with their own weight. Thus many an overgrown estate, raised out of the water, returns to the place whence it came. Suppose these ships were but five or six tons a piece, what a vast quantity of fish must there be to load, nay to over-load, them both!”

There is fishing and then there is FISHING. there are those special days when everyone is catching fish.
This miracle has several applications. Obviously, it speaks of the call of God on those Galilean fishermen, they were in for quite an adventure. It also speaks of those special seasons of harvest that the Lord sends to His church. I think we are entering one of those times. The key to being part of one of these great moments in life is simple. GET A LINE IN THE WATER. You can’t catch a fish if you just sit in the boat. Cast out the net, throw in a line, something awesome is about to happen.