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Is It Still Called Fishing?

I waited patiently for the Lord; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. Psalm 40:1

I don’t consider myself to be a very good fisherman. Let me restate that…I am a bad fisherman. Oh, I know how to bait a hook and cast a line, but it seems like the fish begin their practical joking the moment my bobber hits the water. It seems that no matter how long I stand on the shore begging the fish to bite, they just refuse to oblige me. When I was on vacation recently, my boys and their cousins were catching sunfish and bass left and right. My hook was nothing but a fish buffet line, and I was left wondering what I could possibly do to earn even a small spot on the list of all those who actually caught something. My name never landed on that list. That leads me to this question: Is it still called fishing if all you are doing is feeding the fish?

I’m going to share a little secret with you. I don’t really like fishing, and I don’t even like to eat fish. I fish from time to time because my boys like it and because it is a way for us to spend time together. My problem is that I am too impatient for fishing. Fishing, many times, requires a lot of sitting or standing around waiting for the fish to bite. I want to see my bobber dancing and weaving across the water within seconds after I cast. I might even give it up to two minutes. I most certainly will not wait all day.

So many Christians live their lives in the same way that I fish. They are so impatient with God. They want God to move in their lives, and they want Him to move now. If He doesn’t, they are ready to step out in front of His plans and make something happen. They want an immediate answer to their prayers. They want instantaneous evidence that He is at work in their lives. Though it goes against our nature, that is not usually how God works. God expects us to wait patiently on Him. You can rest assured that God is at work in your life, and that He does care about making sure He leads you in your next step. It may not be exactly when you want Him to move, and it may feel as if He has forgotten you. But, as David said in Psalm 40:1, when we wait patiently for Him, He inclines unto us and hears our cry. God is at work on your prayers. Be patient with Him and allow Him to work.

Read also: Psalm 40:1-5

Quote of the day: "God may be slow, but He is always on time."

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