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Topic: Fishing (06/07/04)

TITLE: Fishing for the Right Thoughts
By Martha Currington


I once read that thoughts travel through space. If I didnít grasp them when they came into my conscious thinking, they would pass on to someone else who would.

Iím not sure if Iíve ever caught any. Whenever I need to catch thoughts, I just ďgo fishingĒ.

I go to a private fishing spot...into the depths of my mind and spirit.

Since I am a writer, I fish there often. I know the best fish for me are already swimming there, thoughts waiting to be caught. Yet many are illusive, hiding under the brush. A few are camoflauged.

I use a net to trap some thoughts, such as memories. With others, it takes the finest casting rod and reel that I mentally own.

As I cast my rod, and slowly reel the line in, I usually get results, but not necessarily the desired results. My bait is wrong or Iím trying too hard. Self tends to get in the way of fishing in the right location.

Occasionally my hook snags a negative thought. Itís difficult to unhook, definitely not a keeper.

But...when I am accompanied by Prayer, with the Word attached to my hook , my fishing efforts improve. When the Holy Spirit becomes the power behind my cast, my catch is right, abundant, and beyond self or negativity.

The deeper the Holy Spirit leads me to fish, the bigger and better the catch. Organized thoughts, and truth, are revealed for me to write and to share. The more I write and share, the more He provides. This is the best fishing experience ever!

I love to go fishing with Prayer, the Word, and the Holy Spirit!

Who do you like to go fishing with?

Luke 5
4. Now when he(Jesus) had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught.
5.And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing; nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net.
6.And when they had done this, they enclosed a great multitude of fishes, and their net brake.(KJV)

Copyright 2004 Martha J. Currington
word count: 372

Member Comments
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L.M. Lee06/14/04
thoroughly delightful! All of us who write relate to your trolling for subjects! I hate when an idea flies through my head and I have no way to write it down or record it...then I forget!
Corinne Smelker 06/14/04
I can totally relate!

And you had me hooked from the first line. As usual, Martha, a very well thought out and constructed story.
Deborah Porter 06/14/04
Martha, what an original way of looking at "fishing". I could definitely relate to this, because I'm always fishing in exactly that way. So well said!

One question about the word "illusive" in the fourth paragraph. Did you mean "elusive"? Just wondering.

I really did like the whole thought of fishing with prayer, the Word and the Holy Spirit. What a wonderful way to look at what we do! With love, Deb
Anthony David06/15/04
A very good piece indeed! A good parallel and true to my feelings too!
Lynne Gaunt06/15/04
I thought your opening paragraph was outstanding. A good theme throughout - one I can really identify with. Well written too. Thanks!
B Price06/15/04
liked the title, it was so fitting with the rest of the story.
Like your statement of
"go fishing with Prayer, the Word, and the Holy Spirit!" that is the only way to go fishing.
Wihout that we are in deep deep water without no lifejacket.
Martha Currington06/15/04
Thanks to all who take the time to read my articles. It's very much appreciated. I have been encouraged from the feedback, and have learned also when or where I need improvement. Deb, "elusive" would have worked there, but I used "illusive" as a synonym for "misleading". Martha
Linda Germain 06/20/04
I really like going fishing to "catch thoughts." Sometimes, in a serious Senior Moment, I feel like I am at the pond but forgot the pole and bait! I always enjoy your posts. . :0)