Do you find that these days are good for spiritual reflection ?

I took a brief walk down to our harbour today, and found it empty. There is not the usual Spring activity of the fishing fleet preparing to go out, as the pandemic has reduced the world’s demand for Snowcrab.

I stood there for a while, and contemplated why Jesus chose several fishermen to be his first followers. These workers have characteristics and strengths that Christ recognized, and have characters that can inspire us.

Fishers are aware of their complete dependence on God. Even with fish-finding technology, it is God who brings them fish.

Fishermen are also incredibly patient, and know how to persevere. They also know how to deal with disappointment without becoming discouraged.

Fishers know the importance of working together. Lives depend on the crew carefully following the directions of the captain.

Fishermen are brave. Boats are bigger now than the small wooden boats used years ago in the fishery, but being on the high seas , where storms can arise suddenly , is risky work.

I returned from my walk with a better understanding of why Jesus had chosen Peter and Andrew, and James and John to leave their nets and become ‘fishers of men’ (Matthew 4 :19)

27 thoughts on “Patience

  1. I think also that people in touch with nature, even a walk, are more connected to hearing messages from God for their lives. The wind, the waves, the air even seems to speak to the inner ear.

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  2. Thanks Sally. I certainly agree that times like these are good for spiritual reflection. It was the same for the Lord’s fishermen during their time. I appreciate your descriptions of those who make their living in this way. These are exceptional insights.

    Some have wondered why the Lord chose a preponderance of blue collar workers for His first disciples. Perhaps it was because the Lord was Himself a blue collar worker in the building trade. You answer many of those questions. He was sending His men into a hard world β€œas sheep in the midst of wolves.” But these would be tough sheep. Sheep with thick skins but also, because of their reliance upon Him, tender hearts. They were already pre-trained by their difficult everyday lifestyle. They were tough men who knew how to venture into wild nature, survive, and often thrive. Though some had fathers in the trade, others had a more difficult course and learned from scratch. These are lessons such men never forget and can build a solid foundation upon. They are thus excellent candidates to become fishers of men.

    I appreciate your perspective and hearing from your locale. It sounds like a great place to live with hardy souls. Blessings to you.

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    1. Hi ! Thanks for your comment, and your wise perspective.
      I have wondered too, why Jesus chose fishermen, when he himself was a carpenter. As you point out, Jesus chose mainly blue collar workers, as he himself was.
      We are simple folks here. The official motto of Newfoundland is : “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God. ” πŸ€—

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  3. I used to go fishing with my grandpa & then we would have fried fish for dinner. I have a great respect for those that fish for a living, it it hard work & they can be away from their familes for long periods of time. I pray for the fishermen in your little village that they will be able to return to work soon.

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  4. Having grown up and lived in cities – far from fishing villages – I’d never given any thought at all to the qualities and traits fishermen must have. So I’d never thought of how it related to the disciples like Peter. Thanks for sharing this information. Very interesting and thought provoking.

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    1. Thanks so much for your comment. Living here by the sea, and knowing fishermen as friends, I better understand why Jesus knew that they would be well-suited to the work he had called them too. πŸ€—

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  5. A good message, Sally. You are blessed to be able to walk by the ocean, to hear the calming sound of waves, breathe in the fresh air. Unfortunately the air in the city isn’t very clean or fresh. Fortunately I don’t mind staying indoors, so for me it’s not such a hard time, but for those who are used to being out a lot, it must be difficult. My desktop picture is a photo I took near Lion’s Head on the Bruce peninsula. It is my favorite place on Whippoorwill Bay down by the point. I can look and almost (only ‘almost’) imagine I am there, and that is good. Hope everyone is keeping well and occupied.

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  6. Wow! God is indeed in the details. Jesus knew the strengths and potentials of the fishermen he chose. Many messages focus on how unlearned these fishermen were, I like that you focused on their strengths. Thank you!

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  7. I am so happy I got to read your post today. I have never contemplated the “whys” but your analogy makes perfect sense. Jesus knew of they possessed a tenacity that would be useful.

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    1. Hi ! Our friends and neighbours are fishermen, and, as you say, they have an incredible tenacity. Most fishers have been fishing for generations. Usually around age 12 , boys went to sea with their fathers. I pray for the boats when they pass in front of our house going out to sea.
      Thanks for reading, and for commenting. πŸ€—

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    1. Hi Jeff !
      Yes, these are times when we all have a chance to develop our patience and trust. As someone prayed : “Lord, give me patience, and give it to me quickly.” πŸ€—


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