“Simon Peter announced, ‘I’m going fishing.‘ The rest of them replied, ‘We’re going with you.’” John 21, 2,3
My son called and invited me to join he and Joy in northern Minnesota for the weekend. Mike said he and a friend would be fishing all day. Sounded good to me, but commitments made it impossible to join them.
As a kid, Mom and Dad took our family to rivers to fish from the bank using a cane pole and either earth worms or a dough ball mixture dad concocted. We’d sit there all day even if we didn’t get a nibble. It was an inexpensive, quiet way to spend the day as a family.
Glen and I fished in a small motor boat. I’d put my line in, pick up a book, and read while I waited for a nibble. He couldn’t understand why I couldn’t just stare at the water all day like he did and didn’t understand spending the day in the boat had nothing to do with catching fish. It was about being in the same boat–quiet time together on a sunny day. Later in our marriage, Glen enjoyed fishing alone by Lake Pleasant near our home. I’d read a book and give him the quiet time he needed to enjoy the day.
Whatever activity takes you away from daily life for quiet time with someone you care about is precious time in a noisy world.
Lord, help us seek quiet times to enjoy our loved ones. Amen.