Recently 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. This event was unique because, believe it or not, it was the first time I had ever been fishing!
Though 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. 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 see 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. 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…”