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)