Yesterday afternoon my brother and I, along with three of my sons loaded up my parents and went fishing. We brought home a few fish to fry tonight and one of my sons caught a nice catfish. Compared to many of my fishing trips with my parents it was not our best outing. But yesterday was different because it was not really about catching that many fish. It was about getting my folks out and spending time with my family.
A few Years ago country singer Trace Adkins had a song entitled “Just Fishin'” about a day fishing with his daughter. The chorus says –
And she thinks we’re just fishin’ on the riverside
Throwin’ back what we could fry
Drownin’ worms and killin’ time
Nothin’ too ambitious
She ain’t even thinkin’ ‘bout
What’s really goin’ on right now
But I guarantee this memory’s a big’in
And she thinks we’re just fishin’
These experiences have me thinking about Jesus. How much of his time with his 12 disciples was spent doing average things? Sure he did miracles and delivered sermons but he was also with them on the seashore, walking through fields and attending weddings. I don’t think this was by accident but rather a time to learn and grow in a very normal setting.
For me the applications are numerous:
-Connecting to other people is most often done in the everyday events of life, not organized small groups.
-Teaching people about the Lord should not be confined to a Church building. It is also done in the everyday events.
-Much of what we teach (or learn) is caught from what we see and not taught in a lecture.
-Lasting memories are most often not “big events” but simple experiences.
I enjoyed my day yesterday and it will be a lasting memory for me. I hope my parents remember it and I hope my kids saw about how much I care about my parents. For me, it was more than just fishing.
I hope you have something that you do in life that is more than just …