I saw him sitting at the kitchen counter listening to one of my friends. Wanting to encourage him, I stepped into the kitchen and said, “Do you know God wants to be your compass through the seas of life? He wants to show you which direction to go and where to throw your nets and hooks. You can even speak to the ocean and be guided toward the fish.” He looked up at me in complete disbelief and said, “I’m a commercial fisherman. I haven’t been catching many fish recently and I’m losing a lot of money.” I challenged him to try something different the next time he went fishing: “Speak to the sea and expect your fishing to improve.”
Later that week, dressed in all his gear and full of excitement, the young fisherman came to tell me he had just pulled in the biggest catch of his fishing career! He had asked God to guide him to the fish rather than go to his usual spots. He felt the Holy Spirit show him exactly where to cast his hooks. Not only did he catch more fish than ever before, but also he caught better, more expensive fish! The young man was beaming with joy and said, “Whatever you and your team have, it’s the real deal!” After I returned home from my mission trip, he told me that ever since I gave him that encouragement from God he has experienced an exponential increase in all of his fishing expeditions. He now has hope for his future and is excited about what he does. God made Himself real to a young fisherman by blessing him in a way he never expected!