Many years ago an old man told my father about a fishing spot. He told him it is “bottomless”. My father, the fisherman that he was, decided this is where we are going. A few days later he hooked the rowboat up to the motorboat and early in the morning we headed out.
A few miles later we had reached the river. Heading up the river, we found the marking. We tied the boat up to the tree. And my brothers, a friend and my dad began the task of taking the rowboat down the trail. (They said it was trail, but it looked like it had not been tread upon for years.) We finally got close to the water. (It was about a 1/4 mile in.) We got the boat in and my dad asked me to push off. I did. And fell in right beside the boat. I saw the flash of fish all about me and panicked. First, the edge of the water ought not be over my head! Secondly the fish freaked me out. I never saw that phenomenon before. (I was 9 when this happened.) I finally got in the boat. The rest of the day was amazing. The fishing was crazy.
Reminded of this trip, I thought of a few things. They are not rules but observations.
- Sometimes you have to go somewhere to get somewhere.(Genesis 12:1)
- Sometimes your technique has to change. (John 21:6)
- Being over your head sometimes reveals the glory not previously seen.(Genesis 28:16)
- Grace(Jesus)is deeper than you think. (Matthew 13:10)
- Sometimes you have to go deep to get results.(1 Corinthians 2:10)
- Abundance is often found in the place few choose to go. (Matthew 15:36)
The fishing that morning was amazing. The unplumbed depth of that pond frightened me. (My brother made a cast. His line caught the minnow bucket and his pole went over the edge. 300 foot of line and there was no mud or weeds ir any indicator it came close to the bottom. (The line was tight.)
Today, I am rekindled to go deep. To go where no one else has been. (Or not been in a while.)To see the abundance of the Lord!