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Topic: Fishing (06/07/04)
TITLE: The catch of the day
By Brenden Bridges
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I wonder if this empty net will reward this amateur fisherman. This is a familiar path for me; it carries memories of past family vacations. Memories of Chipo teaching me the art of fly fishing, memories of me teaching my father-in-law the same art and nearly falling out of the boat into the water.
I am standing once again at the waters edge; I feel the serenity of my surroundings; there are no distractions except for the task of casting, waiting and reeling in my line. In this moment all the cares of life are postponed, nothing but the water and the sounds of the morning.
This is pure recreation for me, unlike the two brothers whom Jesus approached. Peter and Andrew were fisherman by trade – Jesus called them from their work to be “fishers of men”. Was their willingness to follow Jesus found in the comfort of His words leading them to worthier waters? Could it be that the commission to make disciples would be a calling as enjoyable as an experience with the dawn?
This morning as I make my way back up the steep incline, my nets are full. I look forward to sharing with those whom I love. Those whom I left at the crack of dawn are now up and anticipating my arrival. There is delighted chatter in the house as I display the catch of the day. I can only imagine the angels’ celebrations in our heavenly home when we arrive with our “catch of the day”.