We’re going fishing today. It was a pretty big theme with Jesus. Several of the apostles were fishermen, and he had several fish related moments throughout the Gospels. I, however, have never been very good at fishing. I like to chat with the person next to me, I move too much, and I don’t wait very well.
A friend of mine told me about a fishing trip with her grandfather from when she was little. The poor thing was standing there waiting for a fish and growing more and more frustrated. “I just want a fish, Grandpa.” To which Grandpa replied, “You have to be patient.” Not to be dissuaded, she answered right back, “Patience takes too long.”
Isn’t that the truth? I know that I’m very happy to be patient, as long as I don’t have to wait too long. We appreciate when people are patient with us, and heaven knows that I appreciate God’s patience with me. It’s a quality that we can all aspire to, but one that most of us want right away.
So, when God, in His gracious love for us, helps us develop our patience, we need to remember these fishing moments. We can move around, make a lot of noise, complain, and scare all the fish away. Or we can quiet ourselves, watch, and enjoy the calm and beauty that surrounds us, knowing that somewhere below the surface our reward is drawing near.