|The Chesapeake Bay at sunset.|
Dad always offers the privilege of putting the bait on the hooks to anyone who would like the job. My kids will do almost anything - but not that. There are no takers. My boys chime, "That's gross, Grandpa." Patty murmurs, "Nope," with a quick shake of her head. I explain that, "I'm not a bait kinda girl." My Dad cheerfully cuts, dices, and selects various yucky things that he thinks a fish would like to chew on a hook for.
|Patty -the fisher"man" of the day|
|Connor squinting into the sun|
Pat missed the trip this year, but when he comes, he wisely sits well out of range of the action of the children, the poles, flying hooks, gushy bait, and flapping fish. His motto is, "If it's from the sea, it's not for me!"
Fishing trips always remind me that many of the disciples were fishermen.
As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, He saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. "Come, follow me," Jesus said, "and I will make you fishers of men. At onece they left their nets and followed him. ~Mark 1:16Jesus called us to fishers of men, too, but we're not in this alone. The Holy Spirit is the One who causes the response. There is a difference between being a fisher and a catcher. All we are required to do is to fish.
Think about your life journey. How often did God use a person to drop a hook in front of you before you grabbed a hold of the new life you found in Christ? I know God cast a lot of lines in my direction before I believed.
|Buoy to mark a crab pot riding the waves in the sunset.|
When a person decides to follow Jesus, to allow themselves to be caught up in the cause of the King, even the angels in heaven rejoice. Forgiveness is gained. Broken hearts are mended. Wounds are healed. Lives are transformed.
Jesus got into Simon's boat and sat down to teach the crowd of people. When He had finished speaking, he said to Simon, "put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch." Simon answered, "Master, we've worked hard all night and haven't caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets." When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink. So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him. ~Luke 5Do you go fishing with your family?