I love a sunrise or sunset walk along the beach; sun creeping up over the horizon or setting in the west. The lap of the waves, the call of birds, the peace and beauty of God’s creation is all there at the beach. I stroll, pickin’ up little treasures along the way; thinking, praying, singing. At the beach my world is peaceful. People smile and greet me, sometimes wanting to know what I have found.
A fisherman greets me with, “Find anything good?” I smile, “not yet … just started … and you? Catch anything yet?” He smiles, “No, but it’s not about the catchin’, it’s about the fishin’.” I continue to walk and think. Raising kids, working, day-to-day living … it’s about the fishin’ not the catchin’. God places each of us here for His purpose … the fishin’. Sometimes we cast nets to get bait. Other times we re-bait a simple hook. Fishin’ takes patience and time. Sometimes you catch nothin’, sometimes you catch a lot. Some days are beautiful and others stormy. Life is a lot like fishin’ and we need to remember it is not about the catchin’.
Some days it seems you are always fishin’ and never catchin’. Sometimes it seems like stormy days will never end. Days turn into weeks, weeks to months and months to years. It is so hard to focus on the fishin’ at these times. It does not matter if it is struggles with raising kids, working at a job you dread, struggling in a marriage or whatever other difficulty you may be facing. You have to face the day and focus on the fishin’.
When my husband takes our grandchildren fishing, he knows there will be little catching. Mainly it will be re-hooking and untangling. He has to focus on the time he has with them and not the results of the catch. It’s about the fishin’ … being with them.
In our day-to-day life with others we need to focus on the time we are spending with others. It may be our children, our spouse or other family members. The phrase ‘quality time’ is over used, however, it is the best way to describe what God sent Jesus to do … 33 short years on earth, yet the quality of His time with those He came in contact with and the effect on their lives resulted in touching all mankind for all eternity.
Today, you are fishin’. As a parent, spouse, employee, etc., your daily fishing touches others. Make sure you spend time in the Word and in prayer (proper preparation for fishin’). My husband takes our grandchildren through the steps of preparing to fish knowing it may be a long while before they are able to fish on their own, and even longer before they may catch anything. We also must show others around us by the way we “fish” how to prepare for life. Maintain your fishin’ equipment so that you are ever ready for the day-to-day fishin’ at home, work, school, the mall… everywhere. Having dull hooks, broken lines, and a messy tackle box will keep you from being ready to fish.
Jesus never said you were to go out and catch. Leave the catching to Him. He simply says to prepare yourself.
Matthew 4:19 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.”