I have several symbols that are meaningful to me. One of my top two is the Polynesian Fishing Hook.
A hei matau is a bone or greenstone carving in the shape of a highly stylised fish hook typical of the Māori people of New Zealand. They represent strength, good luck and safe travel across water.
In Hawaii it was said that the fishing hook was a symbol of “God will provide”, as in “Here is the hook, God will provide the fish”.
This symbol is important to me as I tend to worry, a lot. I know that God loves me today, but I wonder will he continue to love me tomorrow? Will I do something that will make him want to turn his back on me? While one side of my thinking knows that it is not true another side thinks that maybe this time it might be true.
In the Sermon on the Mount we are told not to worry, to trust that God will provide:
Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, “What shall we eat?” or “What shall we drink?” or “What shall we wear?” For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. ~ Matt. 6:25-34, NIV
Jesus showed this principle in Luke 5 when he called the disciples. When Jesus told the men to let out their nets again Simon (who would be called Peter) let Jesus know that they had been fishing all night and had caught no fish. However, when they followed Jesus’ command, there were so many fish that the nets began to break. The catch filled Simon’s boat and the other boats to where they began to sink. God Will Provide.
My prayer for you this week is that when you feel emotionally beat, financially stressed, and in a relational desert that you will listen to God’s voice for your next step, knowing and trusting that God Will Provide.
God will Provide the Fish.
Just because we love you and it’s been quite a while since we gave anything away here, we’re going to have three giveaways this week.
First, is a fishing hook necklace similar to the one in the picture at the top of the post. I like to wear this necklace to remind myself to trust God and that He will provide.
Second, is Praying for Boys: Asking God for the Things They Need Most. I love this book by Brooke Mcglothin that reminds Mom to seek God’s help in raising their sons, since He is the only one who has the power to change their hearts. In Praying for Boys, Brooke covers topics from Anger to the Fruit of the Spirit as she teaches Moms how to pray scripture over their boys.
Third, is Hope for the Weary Mom: Let God Meet You in the Mess. We are in the middle of studying this book in our OverACup online Bible study group, and it is so good! In it Brooke McGlothlin and Stacey Thacker teach mom’s how to allow Jesus to meet them in the mess of everyday life and find hope.
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