Mathew 4:19 says; And He said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” What do men and fish have in common? What could a man with his highly complex and reasoning mind have in common with a fish that has a brain the size of a marble? A lot actually! Let’s look at some of the similarities our local trout have in common with us humans.
The trout here have a remarkable talent for chasing shiny objects. Brightly colored, plastic worms, shiny flies and of course the occasional rooster tail (which I have never caught a fish with, but everyone who gives advice about trout seem to know what a rooster tail is) will attract the attention of our little, hatchery raised fish. When you grow up in an environment where you receive brown food and all you can see is about a hundred other little brothers and sisters, I think anything that puts off a plop in the water and is pretty colored gets their attention pretty quick. How does this match up with men? Well, being a guy, anything that has big and shiny parts to it, I’m looking at. No being dirty here, but a clean truck that has been tricked out with 4 wheel drive, big mud tires, a Warn winch and custom bumper, nice seat covers, ……. My list can go on for a LONG time, it will attract my attention. P.S. it could be a Jeep Wrangler instead of a truck, it could be a nice Semi, like the one my friend Kal drives, but whatever it is, it will draw my attention! The point, shiny objects are good at pulling our attention to something.
Now on to the chase; the fish behavior down here sometimes gets on my nerves. When a fish splashes the surface, there should be an urge to chase the shiny object that you have put on your line, but sometimes they are just chasing each other. Sometimes, I think it’s just one saying to the other,”Hey, you are in MY space. GET OUT!!!!!!! I’ve spent enough time with you crammed up against me, there’s a whole river here. Go get your own part of it.” I only say this because I used to share a room with my brother and there actually was a line that he and I couldn’t cross and get our stuff mixed or it would be a fight like you wouldn’t believe. There is something about men that we just need to assert our dominance and show that we are able to take care of our little corner of the world and fight to keep it.
Sometimes, I think there is a girl involved in the chase… You know where this leads. TROUBLE! For all the guys out there, girls are trouble and fish seem to have the same instincts that boys have. They chase each other around to get the ladies they want. Guys do this too. I hate to admit this to anyone, but Jenny was actually taken when I first met her, but I happened to come along and then they mysteriously didn’t work out just a few days later and I kept taking her out. My truck got egged a couple of weeks into our relationship, so I think he held a grudge. His loss!
So now the chase is over and you have “caught” yourself, how does this “tie” into fishing? Forgive the puns, but I had to try them out. This just illustrates how we all are chasing the shiny objects of life. Sometimes the things we’re chasing have hooks buried in the shiny, furry, brightly colored objects that we can’t see. Sometimes, someone puts the net out to haul you up and bring you into a new kind of use, ie) bait. Sometimes, we just have to relax and realize that no matter our circumstances, we are all just fish. Some of us are in bigger ponds, some of us are in clean, shiny tanks and some of us swim with the sharks, but we all have a job to do wherever we are. Fish feed the world, 71 percent of the Earth’s surface is water so I’d say most of us have eaten fish at some point. There are almost 400,000 miles of coastline on the planet and nearly 1 out of every 3 people live 60 miles from a coast. We all know what water is and how much it means to us. So here’s my sermon; if we live, breathe, eat and drink on this wonderful planet that God has given to us, then we had better take care of where we live. We are all down-stream from someone else and our mistakes will cost something to either the immediate future or the generations to come.
Let’s not be too busy chasing shiny objects (our stuff we have to have) to not enjoy what we already do have. Most of the world is water, go out and enjoy some today, tomorrow and forever!