Caught… Like a Fish…

If you’ve ever been fishing before you know the work it takes to catch a fish…The baiting… The waiting… The hooking… And then, of course, reeling it in…

As a kid, at my grandmothers, we always sat on the river and caught fish… But like most kids… Well we didn’t want to eat them… We just wanted to catch the fish and then stick them in an ice chest…

And so… Well to me this vision I have makes sense…

I see God… He’s sitting on the dock fishing… He knows exactly where to cast His reel to find me… To catch me…

He also knows the type of bait needed to get my attention and reel me in…

So, over the past few months… I can see how He’s been baiting me… He’s been trying to reel me in… Closer to the dock…

But He really hooked me in the last month of my life… He really used bait that He knew I would love…

And now… Well now he’s reeled me in…

And I feel like I’m sitting in an ice chest of water on the dock next to Him…

I’m sitting waiting patiently (like I’m sure most of the fish did when I was a kid)…

I’m waiting for him to toss me back out into the water so that I can move onto the next chapter of my life…

But He keeps looking at me in this ice chest… He keeps looking and saying, “Just relax. Relax long enough for us me discuss where I should throw you next”…

So I’ve been relaxing… And in the midst of it… Well I’m beginning to see that He’s removed me from the “lake” water… Where predators are… I’m no longer surrounded by the anxiety, fear and stress of others…

Because… Well it’s just me in this ice chest… And I have everything I need until I’ve relaxed enough to be still and realize God just simply wants what I want… He wants to place me where I want to be next…

And for me… Well for me it should seem like such a kind thing for Him to do… But then I have these moments where I feel restless… Moments where I want to jump out of the chest, back into the lake…

And I think that’s when I have to remind myself… Fishing is a quiet sport… It doesn’t require commotion or anxiety… It simply requires stillness… And in the stillness… Well that’s where the conversation comes…

And conversation with God… Well that’s what I need now… I need to be able to just become still enough… Still enough for Him to look over and start to converse with me…

And in that… I believe I’ll understand how to just live within the next chapter of  my life…

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