Cast A Small Net

John 21:6 “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.”

There was a time almost exactly five years ago when I was so busy fishing my way and on my own terms that even if the Lord had said, “Cast over there,” I would have said, “Nah, I’ve got this.”

At the time, I was working so feverishly within our local church that I was experiencing anxiety on a daily basis. I was serving on half a dozen teams, teaching women’s Bible studies, serving in the nursery every Sunday, running the moms’ group and was starting to resent how overwhelmed and busy I was all the time.

The problem was that God had never told me to fish in all of those places. I was casting my net wide and hoping that in the fish I caught, a few would please God.

Following a miscarriage that really got my attention and reminded me of how fragile life is, I stepped down from almost every leadership position and we relocated into a rental home across town so we could regroup.

I knew it was time to let God tell me where to cast my net. The question became whether I trusted God enough 1. to tell me where to cast my net and 2. with the results of the catch, however relatively small.

Since then, I have only served in very focused capacities and I am amazed at how effective I am when I only do the things God calls me to do. Trust God to tell you where to cast your net and I guarantee that you will be happy with your catch.


Tabitha DumasTabitha Dumas is passionate about helping people move forward toward a life of greater balance, purpose and influence. A wife of ten years and mother of two young sons, Tabitha is a writer, blogger, image consultant and social media whiz. She owns, which offers weekly classes, a blog, local events, color analysis, networking opportunities, fieldtrips and beauty makeovers for women in all phases of life.




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One comment on “Cast A Small Net
  1. Joan says:

    Tabitha – this post really resonates with me. I’ve had a hard time learning to say “no”. I finally came to realize that I couldn’t do everything, and I had listen for His voice to direct my path.


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