By Wade E. Taylor
Some time ago a minister said, "We do not accept the
present move of the Holy Spirit as it is shallow; we are waiting
for the deeper visitation."
I asked the Lord about this, and was given the following,
"And it came to pass, that, as the people pressed
upon Him to hear the word of God, He stood by the
lake of Gennesaret, and saw two ships standing by
the lake; but the fishermen were gone out of them,
and were washing their nets."
"And he entered into one of the ships, which was
Simon's, and prayed him that he would thrust out
a little from the land. And He sat down, and
taught the people out of the ship."
"Now when He had left speaking, He said to Simon,
Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets
for a draught." Luke 5:1-4.
"The people pressed upon Him to hear." This is
a primary requirement for visitation. The expression of spiritual
hunger will release the Lord to respond to our need.
"He ... saw two ships." They are always present,
and speak of "His way" and "our way."
"He ... entered into one of the ships." The Lord
will step into our "need," when we choose His way.
"He ... thrust out a little from the land." The
"land" speaks of the natural realm, our every-day
life experience. The "water" speaks of the spiritual
realm, the presence and activity of the Holy Spirit.
The fact that He "thrust out a little" means that
the water was "shallow." Being "shallow"
speaks of our responses to the manifestation of His presence,
be it laughing, shaking, falling, weeping, or joy. Our responses
to His presence will be as varied as we are.
In shallow water, the land is very close, and there may even
be a mixture of land and water - sometimes us, sometimes the
But it was here that Jesus chose to teach and prepare the
people for the deeper realms of the Spirit - through what
some would consider to be "shallow manifestations."
It was here that they learned the principles that would lead
them to the "deep."
Only after Jesus had taught the people in the "shallow"
place could He say, "Launch out into the deep and let
down your nets."
Now, the "principle" that the Lord spoke into my
being, in response to this ministers statement.
"If we do not meet the Lord in the shallows, we will
never be prepared for the deep, and we will miss the coming
day of His power."