Will you fall for the bait?

Jonathan's first catchRecently David, Jonathan, Michael, Esther, and I went on a short fishing trip with the Elliots and Pitcocks, two other families in our home school group. All of us on the dock. What "in the lake" did Jonathan Elliot catch?!Sportsman's Lake provided a beautiful setting for our first fishing experience!This event was unique because, believe it or not, it was the first time I had ever been fishing!

 

Alex Pitcock was determined to catch a bassThough the weather seemed a little chilly at first, it
turned out to be an excellent day for fishing. After Mr. Pitcock, an experienced fisherman, explained the basics and got me started, I threw my first cast into the lake. From watching everyone else it had looked simple, but I soon began to see how much “skill” there really is to fishing. Mr. Elliot was a big help!My first cast splashed into the water just a few feet from shore. I couldn’t help but think how silly it must have looked, and quickly began reeling in the line before anyone could Mr. Pitcock showing me how to release a catchsee what I had done. However, I suddenly noticed it was becoming harder to pull in. To my surprise, I found that in the few seconds the bait had been underwater a small bluegill had bitten the hook! “Beginner’s luck”, they say – but I think “beginner’s blessings” would be more accurate. That was definitely a memorable first catch.

Fishing with lights and nets is usually compared to witnessing, and
I’m sure there is an abundance of analogies which could be drawn to illustrate effective ways to share the Gospel. But Satan also is a fisher of men. The long wait...While we were fishing, I couldn’t help but think how similar the lures we used were to his temptations. This was the first time I’d had a close look at the many different sizes and types of lures that are used to deceive the fish. Whereas younger, smaller fish may fall for a simple worm, it takes something larger and more deceptive to seduce a bass. Satan also has different temptations which he uses for separate purposes, and a variety of methods to employ on Christians of differing maturity levels. Sometimes the roaring lion adopts the garb of a fisher-man, and patiently waits along the shore, “seeking whom he may devour…”

The consequences of not vigilantly keeping watch!When responding to the next temptation the
master deceiver dangles before us, may we look past the attractive lures he offers to the deadly consequences which lurk behind them.

2 Comments

  1. James May 19, 2008 at 9:03 pm #

    What a great post! I never thought of that analogy before because I’m used to thinking about it the normal way.

    It sure looked like you had a great time and something I wish I could have been there for. It’s good to see the Pitcocks and Eliots too.

  2. Daniel June 4, 2008 at 5:08 am #

    Yes, James. It was a good thing for our home school group to do for a change. At least now I can say I’ve been fishing!

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