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Topic: Fishing (06/07/04)

TITLE: Feeding Toadfish
By Melanie Page
06/11/04

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“Ooo, Ooo, I got one!” The little fist reeled furiously, and the tiny brown and white shape was hoisted into the air. Swinging helplessly in the air can’t be really pleasant if you are a fish. This one certainly didn’t enjoy it, and proceeded to puff up before we could get him off the hook.

“Hold on. Let’s get him off there.”

Carefully, large, capable hands reached out and grabbed the hapless fish. The hook was carefully removed and two pairs of eyes looked at their catch.

Toadfish aren’t fussy about what they eat, nor are they particularly smart, which probably explains why they, and not all the other edible fish, were busy taking our bait that day.

Then again, they got a free feed, while we went home with nothing more than an empty bucket and a mild sunburn.

Or did we? Perhaps we learned that all of God’s creatures are special. Even the humble toadfish, whose lot in life is to vacuum the sea floor, who is neither attractive nor edible, has an important role to play.

After all, can a toadfish say, “because I am not a barramundi, or a red emperor, I have no part in sea life?” Good heavens no! No more than an ear can say, because I am not an eye, I am not of the body. Hmm, now where did I read that?

Perhaps we learned to show mercy. When the little fist that had pulled the fish out of the water carefully dropped him back into the sea, there was a recognition that we do not lightly take a life, any life.

Perhaps we cemented a relationship; standing on a rickety bridge, working and playing, side by side, just hanging out and going fishing.

Yes, despite the paucity of our catch, I’d say that a profitable time was had by all.

Especially the fish!


Member Comments
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Mary Elder-Criss06/15/04
I liked your illustration about how each of us is important in God's plan. Good job. Thanks!
Marie B. Corso06/15/04
Loved it. Good lesson.
And that word "paucity". Now you don't hear that every day do you?
Melanie Kerr 06/15/04
"After all, can a toadfish say, “because I am not a barramundi, or a red emperor, I have no part in sea life?” - superb rewriting of scripture - paul would have come up with it no doubt if he had been a fisherman.
Lynne Gaunt06/16/04
Your article is well-written and very easy to read. You had me hooked (ha!) from the start. I really loved it. Excellent work.
WENDY DECKER06/16/04
VERY LIVELY AND DESCRIPTIVE ARTICLE. GOOD WRITING!
L.M. Lee06/19/04
this was a great article. I really need to be reminded that toadfish have their part in the sea life.
Phyllis Inniss 06/19/04
The use of Paul's lines were cleverly done and fitted nicely into your well-written article.
Marcell Billinghurst06/20/04
Great story. I appreciated that you showed we are all important, no matter how unattractive or insignificant. It also showed that your child, or this child learnt an important lesson in letting things go, and that this toadfish had a right to live. Something we all need to learn.