I have an AMAZING idea for a video game I would like to propose to you. How about this… I’m thinking about making a Legend of Zelda game that doesn’t have the character Zelda in it. Like… at all. Poof, she’s out. But we will still CALL it Legend of Zelda. For… you know… reasons. You like that? Good, because I have a few more fun ideas for this Legend of Zelda game, now with 0% Zelda. I think it should take place somewhere weird… somewhere other than Hyrule. And none of this “saving the princess from the evil Ganon” business either… no, we have certainly been there, done that, and bought a T-shirt that turned out to be WAY too small from Hot Topic to prove it. No, I have a much more compelling storyline for this game. Are you ready for it?
It should be all about a FISH. Yes, you heard me right. A fish. DEFINITELY a fish. That is a non-negotiable part of the story. Are you still with me? Good…. because somehow, someway, SOMEONE had that exact conversation at Nintendo 26 years ago. And not only did that game get MADE on the Game Boy back in 1993, but it was later REMADE on the Game Boy Color and now we have ONE MORE chance to get our hands on it in the newly re-mastered “Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening” now available for the Nintendo Switch.
You didn’t believe me about the fish did you? For shame. I would never lead you astray on something as important as a game that is all about a FISH. I have standards. But now for a serious question. If you are old enough to do so, I would like to challenge you to think of an idea that you had 26 years ago. Go ahead… I will wait. Oh, you’re back already? Excellent. Now, for that idea that you had way back in 1993… what would you think if I told you that we are going to take that idea, as crazy as it may be, freshen it up with a new coat of paint and bring it right here into the year 2019 and make it happen even BIGGER than the way that you had always envisioned it? Would it be an awesome, amazing, massive hit? Or would it be about as terrible as what the majority of the world thought was a good idea in 1993? By the way, this is your only warning to avert your eyes if you have a weak stomach…
Yep.. take that mullet in and marvel in all of its mullety glory. That epic Billy Ray Cyrus mullet was just starting to take off in 1993. And we DEFINITELY don’t need to see a remastered version of that. I am sorry you can’t un-see that. But to be fair, I had to damage my Google history reputation for the rest of all time to find that picture. So… I think we are even. Now, let’s get back on track. Not only did that game actually happen back in 1993, it has become a beloved part of the Legend of Zelda series we all know and love. And the reception for this newly remastered version on the Switch has been incredible, with nothing but glowing reviews and positive comments from everyone who has tried it thus far. Score one for the brave, bold, peddlers of fish stories.
Many of us probably think about what God has placed into our hearts to offer this world in a similar fashion. Maybe we have a gift that we want to share with others, but it seems a little odd on the surface. It’s not in the packaging that most would expect, or perhaps it just doesn’t seem like it will work. It’s risky, different, and a bit scary to try. And because we can’t see the end of the story, often times we talk ourselves out of the very mission that God has called us to complete before it even has a chance to live. So if you have a big dream that you KNOW God has given you to accomplish but you feel what you bring to the table is too small to fulfill it… take heart. We are about to talk about the importance of believing in your fish. (Yes, that will be a recurring theme. Embrace it.) Buckle up for a fish story…
In John 6, we find Jesus nearing the height of His popularity as a public figure. He had already performed multiple miracles and was being followed by a large group of people who were anxious to see what He would do next. And as it tends to happen when a large group of people walk around, they got hungry. This wouldn’t ordinarily be a problem, but there were over five thousand people following Jesus at the time and none of His disciples had extensive experience in catering. This was not going to end well… but God had other plans for this crowd.
Let’s jump back in time about 8 hours before this potential disaster commences. As Jesus was getting dressed for the day in one part of Israel, in an entirely different place there was a young boy who got up that morning, packed his lunch, and headed out for a normal day of fun, mischief, and whatever else boys got into back then. Probably Skylanders… I think they might have actually been popular way back then. This young lad had no way of knowing that this seemingly normal chain of events for him was actually placing both him and his lunch on a collision course with Jesus Christ later that afternoon.
John 6:1-14 After these things Jesus went over the Sea of Galilee, which is the Sea of Tiberias. Then a great multitude followed Him, because they saw His signs which He performed on those who were diseased.And Jesus went up on the mountain, and there He sat with His disciples.Now the Passover, a feast of the Jews, was near. Then Jesus lifted up His eyes, and seeing a great multitude coming toward Him, He said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread, that these may eat?”But this He said to test him, for He Himself knew what He would do. Philip answered Him, “Two hundred denarii worth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may have a little.”One of His disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to Him, “There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two small fish, but what are they among so many?”Then Jesus said, “Make the people sit down.” Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand. And Jesus took the loaves, and when He had given thanks He distributed them to the disciples, and the disciples to those sitting down; and likewise of the fish, as much as they wanted. So when they were filled, He said to His disciples, “Gather up the fragments that remain, so that nothing is lost.”Therefore they gathered them up, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves which were left over by those who had eaten. Then those men, when they had seen the sign that Jesus did, said, “This is truly the Prophet who is to come into the world.”
I TOLD you that we would get back to the fish. This young boy’s lunch, which in and of itself would have been completely incapable of making a dent in the needs of these people, ended up being MORE THAN ENOUGH in the hands of the Master. Jesus does not need you to possess incredible abilities in order for Him to use you… He has already given you everything you need. You already HAVE the fish, even if your fish looks too small to be of use. He simply needs your faith and obedience. What seems small and inconsequential to you is BEYOND ADEQUATE when He blesses it and begins to distribute it.
Let’s get practical… maybe you have a person that the Lord has placed on your heart, and you know you are meant to share your faith in Christ with them. But you are holding on to your fish because you think He expects YOU to somehow save that person instead of recognizing that HE is the one that will bless and multiply your “fish” as soon as YOU offer it in obedience. Whatever ministry He has placed in you to complete, whether it is a song, a poem, a spoken message, a physical gift to share or the gift of yourself in prayer for someone in need… what He has given you is ENOUGH to not only accomplish your mission, but it will even overflow to help others you had never anticipated as well. This young boy had only brought a few small loaves of bread and some fish, and yet when everyone was finished eating they had twelve BASKETS of food leftover. God could have provided “just enough” and that still would have been a MASSIVE miracle. But He was proving a point… one we cannot afford to miss.
If you think you don’t have enough resources to serve God, you are missing the point of this whole story. If you believe that you don’t have enough time, money, support, or abilities to do what God wants you to do… let me tell you something important. You are RIGHT. You DON’T have enough. Not on your own. But what you DO have is MORE than enough if you just surrender it to the One who gave it to you in the first place and let Him multiply it. Could Jesus have just made it rain fish and bread to feed everyone? Of course He could have. He could also have just taken everyone to McDonald’s and ordered five thousand Filet’O’Fish sandwiches. He wouldn’t even need a “Buy 1, Get 4,999 Free” coupon. But He wanted us to see that His abundance is never the issue… it is all about our willingness to bring Him what may be in our eyes (or even the eyes of others) an insignificant portion of “fish” with the faith that HE will do something magnificent with it. It’s time to make your fish story happen.
Go share the saving message of Jesus with the person you are thinking of right now. Write the words down He has given you. Record the notes that are playing in your head and just won’t go away. Surrender your fear of inadequacy to Him and understand that you do not own the result, only your obedience to Him. He never asked us to make it rain… only to plant the seed.
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