The Story of the Big Fish Pt. 1
By Gary Keesee
Over the years, as Drenda and I learned about the Kingdom of God and the authority that we had in the earth realm, we became more and more aware of the fact that we were the ones that really determined how we lived.
The Kingdom of God impacted every area of our lives, but we were the ones who had to release the provision that we needed or wanted into our lives.
It didn’t just happen by itself.
Nothing was too small or unimportant to bring under the dominion of the Kingdom. When we realized that, there was really nothing that was impossible or outside of possibility for us.
For most of my life, I never really understood that God gave us the Kingdom, the WHOLE Kingdom to enjoy. So it was fun to see the Kingdom impact every area of our lives, even the small nonessential areas. An example of this was illustrated by the following story.
I call it the story of the big fish.
It happened as our family was…
…in Alaska on vacation. The fact that we were even there was a dream for me. We flew into Anchorage and rented an RV and drove around much of the western coast. It was just beautiful!
One day as we were driving around in the Kenai Peninsula, we noticed a huge fish hanging outside a charter boat on a rack. Most of the charter boats had just come in; and up and down the harbor, these same big fish were hanging. I had never seen a halibut before at the time, and I didn’t know what they were, but they were huge. We were amazed as we passed charter after charter, all advertising a day’s fishing for halibut.
Suddenly, Drenda turned to me and said, “I would like to catch a halibut, and I would like to catch one with that captain right there.” She pointed to a sign advertising a halibut fishing charter that had the Christian sign of the fish on the sign.
I was shocked! Drenda had never wanted to fish before. But she insisted, so we went into the office. Inside, we saw a sign that was talking about a Halibut Derby that was in progress, but soon would be coming to a close. The Halibut Derby is a contest among all the charter captains to see who can catch the biggest halibut. The winner would get their picture in the paper and a check.
Drenda and I talked about entering the Derby since we were going out anyway. It was only a few dollars to enter.
And that’s when it happened.
That’s when Drenda turned to me and said she decided that she was going to win the Derby so that that specific captain’s business would get the recognition among all the charter captains because he was a Christian, and God would get the glory.
So when our turn came up to sign up at the desk, Drenda boldly declared that she was going to win the Halibut Derby so that God would get the glory and their business would be recognized because they were a Christian business. I’m sure the charter boat captain had heard that before, but I’m not sure he had heard anyone declare that they were going to win the Derby for the glory of God.
In fact, he didn’t say much.
Find out what happened in Part Two of this post NEXT week!
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Drenda Keesee’s contagious zeal and humorous personal experiences help make her ministry of spiritual, emotional and relational wholeness one that will bless your life and spark a new fire in your spirit.
A wife of over 30 years and a mother of five children, Drenda has ministered at churches, seminars, and conferences, and through the mediums of television and radio, for more than 20 years.
Her books, The New Vintage Family, Better Than You Think, and She Gets It are available wherever books are sold. In these heartfelt books, Drenda shares her personal journey and the life lessons that have brought her to where she is today, as well as practical answers that all people need to live a joyful life.
Drenda and her husband Gary founded Faith Life Now, a ministry designed to spread the message of freedom in the areas of finances, faith, marriage and family. Faith Life Now hosts conferences worldwide, and sponsors both Fixing the Money Thing, which Drenda co-hosts with her husband Gary, and Drenda.
Through their own life experiences, the Keesees have found the principles from God’s Word to be powerful and effective. At one point, Drenda was a young, suicidal feminist with no hope of ever being “good enough” for her own standards of perfection. She never wanted the “inconvenience” of a husband or children, and she was on her own path to success. But the stress of trying to achieve perfection and perform for love left her broken and used. She had success, but it was nothing compared to the pain and loneliness it had also brought.
That’s when God got a hold of her heart. It was there—at her lowest point—that she found the One who accepted and loved her, faults and all. Since that transformation, Drenda has had a passion to reach women who find themselves where she once was.
She married Gary after attending college, and there she found herself in a personal boot camp of sorts. She says, “I cried and told God, ‘I can do anything but be a wife and mother.’” She committed to learning how to do it God’s way. Through the many years of raising their children and struggling to make ends meet, Drenda learned from their mistakes. “I didn’t know how to be a wife and mother, but God saved our marriage, taught us how to parent our children for success, showed us how to have financial success, and then irony of all ironies, He called us to ministry.” It’s truly because of these life experiences that Drenda can now share so many insightful principles for people who are now going through the same struggles.