A Fly-fisherman’s Lesson

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My son learning to nymph in northern Michigan’s Manistee River

“For as the waistband clings to the waist of a man, so I made the household of Israel and the whole household of Judah cling to Me,” declares the Lord, “that they might be for Me a people, for renown, for praise, and for glory; but they did not listen (Jeremiah 13:11).”

When we lived in Pennsylvania I took advantage of some of the blue ribbon trout streams and took up fly-fishing. It was a great way to relax.

In the process, I learned that one of the trout’s primary food sources is the mayfly insect, especially when it is in the stage of life called the nymph. The mayfly nymph lives underwater clinging to rocks for up to a year, before hatching into the next stage, wriggling to the surface, and flying away to mate and lay her eggs to start the whole process over again.

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Spin casting for trout on a secret stream closer to home

In observing these aquatic insects, God showed me a truth that I wanted to pass along. I was catching the nymphs one day by quickly picking up rocks in a stream, and flushing the nymphs off of the rock with a cup of water into a bucket (that I then dumped into the stream in our backyard to revive the stream for my trout).

Their only defense was to cling to the rock with their tiny claws. It was only when they chose to abandon the rock that they were vulnerable and I could capture them.

In the same way, the Devil tries to get us to let go of our rock, Jesus. We’re tricked into thinking that escape is better than the rock and “let go.” The truth is that clinging tighter than ever is our only salvation. Clinging to Him in daily prayer, time in the Bible, and meditating on God’s Word through the day, is our best defense against Satan’s tricks.

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Does it get any better than this on Memorial Day?

So as you find yourself under a flush of spiritual attacks, don’t attempt to escape in your own strength. Yield to the Spirit, get in the Word, and hang on with all you’ve got!

 

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