I am Tired of Fishing
Book marketing is like fishing. You throw your line out there to hook a reader, blogger or champion for your book in hopes that you actually catch something. Some days I use a line, others a wide-casting net. Like marketing, trolling for fish is exhausting work. Often the net comes up empty and you have to start all over again. You redo the nets, find a new spot, and, with a little prayer, throw them out again.
Today, I decided I was tired of fishing.
This morning I thought, God, I want to be like Simon Peter. After a night of fishing and coming up empty he was ready to quit. Jesus told him, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.” (Luke 5:4 NIV) Simon Peter obeyed, half-heartedly, but he did obey. This time, his nets came up full. So full, that the boat almost sank. I want divine intervention like that. I want full nets.
Can you imagine being on the receiving end of that gift? Remember, it was right after this miracle that Simon Peter walked away from his boat forever and became a fisher of men with Jesus.
We all want God’s favor and abundance poured out to us. If you are like me, you may be tired of waiting, of throwing out the nets and coming up empty, day, after day, after day. And when God says, one more time, will you be too tired? Will you say I have done it a hundred times; one more time is not going to change anything?
I felt like that today. I didn’t want to look up another blog, contact another person, read another summary of book marketing tips. I had done a hundred things to get my books out there. Enough is enough. It’s time to get a real job, Darlene. But, I was compelled to do one more thing. I tried to ignore the thought, but the pull to watch a particular video clip I had already seen months earlier got me off the couch and into my office chair.
And, a miracle happened.
I asked God why He would have me write a book if there wasn’t going to be any commercial success attached to it. Why not just let me get a job and be done with it?The answer came in the very last minute of the video.
God can’t use a story if it isn’t told.
How powerful is that?
These words aren’t the net full of fish. These words are the rejuvenation of spirit that has given me the desire to fish again, knowing that one day I too will have so many fish my boat will not be able to hold them all. And that, my friends, is a miracle.