Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Because You Say So

He was tired. It had been a long night and he'd been humoring the guy for a while now, giving Him a better vantage point to speak from in his boat. Maybe this is why Simon's answer is so beautiful to me. Jesus told him to go to deeper waters and cast his nets one more time and Simon replies,

Master, we've worked hard all night and haven't caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets. (Luke 5:5)

Because You say so. . .

Wow. Do you see it? He admits his doubt in catching anything, yet does what Jesus says anyway. What a display of trust and humility! It reminds me of the "As you wish" from The Princess Bride. No arguments, no agitation, only simple obedience. Because You say so. . .Do you think if I can say it sincerely, not grudgingly, it could bring about real change in my life?

Lord, I will do what you ask because You say so.
I will walk through that dark valley because You say so.
I can do what is awkward and uncomfortable because You say so.
Though it doesn't make sense, though I am tired and afraid, I will do it because You say so.
Even when others don't understand and I'm not sure I have it me, when the road gets long, I will press on because You say so.
Though no one may ever know, I will serve You to the best of my ability because You say so.
Whether I am rewarded or not, because You say so I'm your girl.

I'm not one for New Year's resolutions. They're just one more thing to beat myself up about later. I'm too weak-willed and undisciplined to do anything on my own. But when I see it as a commitment to my gracious God, I am more likely to stick to it. I'm adopting Simon's words as my motto for 2008 and trusting God to work it out for His glory in my life.

Because You say so. . .

Will you say it with me? Will you help me rock our world one yes at a time? Can you push aside the fear, the indecision, the weariness and plod ahead simply because He tells you to?

We are Yours, Lord, and we will impact our little corners of our worlds for You because You say so. May Your will be done. Thank You for a fresh start to serve You anew.

Happy New Year, my friends.


Woman in the Tent said...

Nice post. I needed that today. Thanks.

Rachelle said...

Amen sister. Thanks for always helping me pick up the pieces this year. Love you!

Susan said...

Hi Tami,

So nice to meet you! Wow, this was just incredible.

And so difficult.

Yes, I will say those words, "because you say so", and right behind them I'll need to say, "what ever it takes".

Maybe this is why E-mom introduced us after all. Looks like we've made some very bold statements to start off our new year.

I'll pray for you, please pray for me!


Deedy said...

Thankyou, Tami...I will put the words in a prominent space and repeat them aloud( or in my hearta0, many times during the days ahead...holding on to Him....

Lelia Chealey said...

I was blessed to find your blog through Susan's & got very excited when I read you're in Beatrice---I'm in Lincoln! Small world!
I love your writing & will definitely be back to read more.
Many Blessings~

Living Beyond said...

LOVE IT - thank you for this incredible post - yes just beCause He Says SO! I love a quote by Chuck Swindol which came to mind when I read your post "Will you trust me on this even if I never tell you why"

Powerful but another Because you say so moment.

You are an inspiration - thank you!!

kpjara said...

These are great words.

I love how this blogging world is like hundreds/thousands/millions of books in progress and I can read as many as I make time to read. Yours is one of my very favorites!

Anonymous said...


God is awesome! What a great year you are headed for with a heart that declares Because you said so.

It is encouraging that Jesus told them to put out to deeper water. My thought is that I spend too much time in the shallows, trying for a catch and hoping for results in places that won't produce, thinking a casual life with God is growth.

I feel called to go into the deep and cast my net. What does God have for us there? Net bursting results. Jesus, because you said so.

Love your depth. Linda

BP said...

This is just beautiful. Thank you so much. I need to remember this each day whatever I face.

Christine said...

"Because you say so" and "I may never tell you why"...

Two things I really needed to hear. God brought me here today! Thanks!

Marsha said...

Wow! Great post! Thanks so much for sharing this. It's at times like this we just have to trust His heart. I'm in one of those places right now.

Barbara said...

Amen, as we get on and do it because God has said so,we move along on the most exciting journey of life no matter how it looks and feels at the time. He knows what He is doing.

Sandy Carlson said...

Thanks for this thoughtful post, Tami. It has me thinking of the Word of One I can trust. God bless.

Lynn said...

Because you say so.... Amen, Lord, Amen.

annie said...

Thank you for this challenge. It's seems so scary, yet who else can we trust with our lives if we cannot trust the one who created our life. Thanks for being a lighthouse in the blogging world.