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A Fishing Story To Remember
There I was at one of my
favorite places doing one of
my favorite things: stand-
ing on the shore of a nearby
lake fishing. Pauline had
given me a new casting
reel and I was giving it a
workout, enjoying how
quiet it functioned and how
far I could cast as the day
moved too quickly to a
close.
Soon the sun would sink
down over the horizon be-
hind me and I would head
home to polish a few more
pages on a book I was writ-
ing. Waves were quieting
to ripples as I looked across
at the distant shore and
took in the natural beauty
of the moment.
Fishing often reminds
me that our Lord loved to
be near the water and that
He had called humble fish

ermen to be his disciples,
saying He would make
them fishers of men.
These unlearned men of
the sea would soon leave
all to follow Him and later
become known as world
changers who brought
thousands into the fam

ily of faith and launched
a spiritual adventure that
continues to change lives
today.
The serene scene before
me, as is often the case,
moved me to worship:
softly singing hymns and
praying for members of
my family and others
who came to mind. That
was the setting when my
few hours of fishing were
transformed from a time
of routine relaxation to an
unforgettable experience.
I had just made a long
cast and settled back while
reeling in the bait with
anticipation when I heard a
fluttering of wings and sud

denly a dove landed, not
more than an arm’s length away, on my casting rod.
I’m grasping for words
to describe an indescribable
moment: one that seemed
frozen in time (or eternity)
for as long as this beautiful
bird was there resting on
my pole.
“Well, you’re a pretty
bird,” I remarked, a com

ment I might have made to
a cardinal, a robin or even
a sparrow. But this winged
one was different. This
was a dove that had arrived
uninvited to my worship
service.
Forty days after the tops
of the mountains began
to appear, following the
great flood of Noah’s time
(Genesis 8), Noah sent out a
dove to see if the water had
receded enough to embark
from the ark. The dove’s
return and subsequent sec

ond mission let Noah know
that by God’s grace he had
weathered the storm and
saved the race.
When Jesus was baptized
by John the Baptist, Mat

thew says the Holy Spirit in
the form of a dove came to
rest on Him (Matthew 3).
So doves have come
to symbolize peace or the
presence of God.
Imagine then my surprise
when one of these carriers
of good news had come to
visit me while I was sing-
ing, praying for others and
giving thanks.
“Cut to the chase,” some
reader says: “Did you catch
any fish?”
Yes, a northern pike,
which I soon set free to
roam the depths and grow,
just as a beautiful dove had
arrived out of the blue to
help me grow in my un

derstanding of God’s love
and share this unforgettable
story with you.
How long did the dove
stay?