Last week I did something that I have not done since I moved to Cherokee. Three of us (John Clark, Garland Cross and myself) all spent the night fishing on Lake Travis. We caught ten fish all together so it was a productive evening.
While sitting there I had several thoughts that came to my mind. As the moon was rising that evening, it was beautiful to watch. As it continued to climb into the sky, I thought of the time God put the “lesser light” in the sky to rule the night time. (Genesis 1:16) How awesome it must have been to see all of God’s creation take shape.
Later that evening, with the full moon shining on the lake, I thought of the time that Jesus had sent his apostles away. They were rowing to the other side of the lake and not making much progress because of the waves. Then Jesus comes walking on top of the water. (Matthew 14:25) I, too, would have been afraid if I saw someone walking toward me on top of the water as I was on the shore trying to catch a fish.
As I was fishing, I thought of the time when Jesus was speaking to the crowd by the waters edge. He got into the boat belonging to Peter and Andrew and taught the people. After this he told them to put out into the deep for a catch of fish. (Luke 5) After toiling all night and catching nothing you would have thought that they would have refused, but they did not and caught so much the boat began to sink. We didn’t catch a boatload of fish, but we did catch some.
When you are still and in a quiet place, you can meditate on the events that took place in the lives of people in Bible times. It is also good to reflect to think about how powerful our God is and how much he cares for each one of us.
Take the time to think of and reflect on God’s goodness and mercy. Let God’s word speak to you as you go about your daily routine. As you do, you will find yourself closer to God and more aware of what goes on around you.