In From the Vine

By Debby Giusti

 

Have you ever tackled a project, expecting to succeed, only to fail? If so, you can probably relate to Peter in today’s gospel reading, John 21:1-19. He and a few disciples have fished all night and caught nothing. Tired and frustrated, they fail to recognize the resurrected Lord, who calls to them from the shore. “Cast the net over the right side of the boat and you will find something,” Jesus tells them.

Responding either to his tone of authority or the familiarity of his voice, they comply with the Lord’s instruction. We’re told, “They made a cast, and took so many fish they could not haul the net in.”

I’m sure many of us have walked in Peter’s shoes. In spite of hard work and attention to detail, our perfect plan falls short of the mark. Our efforts seem to have been for naught, and we question whether to continue on or give up before we become even more discouraged.

For me, this gospel passage takes on special meaning in light of my journey to publication. When I began to write in earnest, I was like Peter, following my own course of action. I penned a number of mainstream suspense stories. Each one was rejected. Determined to succeed, I honed my craft, learned the ins and outs of the publishing industry, received positive feedback and resubmitted my manuscripts over and over again, but with no success.

Looking back, I realize Jesus was calling to me from the shore when Love Inspired Books, a Christian publisher, expanded their suspense imprint. The senior editor spoke at my Atlanta writing group and encouraged me to add a faith element to the secular story I had recently written.

I prayed for direction and heard the Lord telling me to toss my net into the Christian side of the publishing world. I made the changes to my story and knew, almost immediately, I’d found my home in the Christian market. That story sold and more than twenty books have followed.

How often do we rush headlong into an endeavor, relying on our own capabilities without calling on the Divine Creator to bless our work and guide our steps? Thankfully, the Lord did not forsake me, and once I turned to him, the desire of my heart came to fruition.

Are you fishing on the wrong side of the boat? Is your net empty? Turn to the Lord and seek his help. Trust him to guide you to that perfect catch.

 

About the author:

Debby Giusti is a bestselling author of Christian suspense with more than 900,000 books in print. Her work has won numerous accolades, including two Daphne du Maurier Awards for Inspirational Suspense, the National Readers’ Choice Award, the Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award, the Golden Quill, Beacon and the Write Touch. Her twenty-sixth novel, Her Forgotten Amish Past, will be in bookstores this November. A lifelong Catholic, Army wife and mother of three, Debby shares the love of Christ, one story at a time. Visit Debby: www.DebbyGiusti.com and https://www.facebook.com/debby.giusti.9

 

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  • Jodi Awbrey
    Reply

    Beautiful message! Just what I needed to hear right now. Thank you so much for sharing this piece of your story!

  • Lori Barklow
    Reply

    Thankyou. This may be the push I need to consider moving to the other side of the boat when it comes to book club choice, exercise type, or membership in fitness center.

    • Debby Giusti
      Reply

      Lori, I know God will direct you to the right side of the boat! When we work with Him, all things come together for good. Blessings!

  • Mary
    Reply

    So true! ‼️

    • Debby Giusti
      Reply

      Mary, thanks for stopping by the WINE blog and for your comment. Glad we agree! God is so good!

  • Deb Kastner
    Reply

    Debby! It’s so lovely to see you here. I’m currently casting around to see where the Lord wants me now after thirty plus years of writing. Like you, I enjoy writing Christian stories for Love Inspired and others. God is SO good, all the time!

  • Debby Giusti
    Reply

    Deb, glad you found WINE! Such a dynamic organization for women. Yes, we’re blessed to write Christian Fiction! So glad we cast our nets on the right side of the boat!

  • LAURA KOHLER
    Reply

    PERFECT MESSAGE I needed to hear today! Thanks for being such a blessing in my life. You are appreciated! In Christ, Laura

    • Debby Giusti
      Reply

      Laura, I appreciate you and your sweet comment. BTW, I pray for all my readers…and that includes blog readers. Hope you can feel the prayers!

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