would like to share a story of a
fisherman, Bob, who
lived close to a river. Bob was a good Christian man who had a family
support. He made a meager living in the town near by and supplemented
provisions with fish he caught in the river. He was a quiet man who
peace with himself and others and was respected for his kindness and
now and then a hobo, Jack,
would pass by when he
was fishing. "Dear Sir, would spare a fish for a lonely man who has no
asked Jack each time he passed by. Bob was slightly repelled by the
dress of the hobo, but was filled with compassion for Jack and gave him
fish that he could not really do without, and God knew this.
day when Jack came by and
asked for some fish, Bob gave
him some fish and wished him well on his journey. After Jack left Bob
voice asking him "Why do you give Jack fish?". Bob was astonished by
question and looked around for the owner of the question.
he did not see anyone he knew
who it was. His reply
was "But Father, I have compassion for Jack, what more can I do?".
There was no
reply, which mystified him. That night during his prayer time Bob asked
Father what he needed to do. Once again he got no answer.
few weeks later when Jack came
by again Bob had
forgotten about the question. After Bob gave Jack some fish Bob heard
question again. Once again Bob was puzzled. He had a restless night
and didn't know what else he could do.
third time Jack came by Bob
remembered the question
our Father had asked him. When Jack asked him for some fish Bob was
give him some and then 'the penny dropped' and he understood the
Bob's reply was "No, I'm not giving you any fish. But come and sit
and I will teach you how to catch fish". Mildly surprised by the
got a long branch and line and
a hook with some food
scrap attached, and gave it to Jack, and showed him what to do.
they were fishing Bob was
able to share his story
about his own life and share his experiences with Jack. Jack was a
and related his own story with tears in his eyes. No one had ever
listen to his story. Jack's story touched Bob in a way that he had
experienced before. Bob felt a bond of Love between Jack and himself
from the Holy Spirit, and from out of nowhere he started talking about
the time passed by Bob felt a
change in Jack. Jack
felt different. Jack felt his burden being lifted of him. For the first
his life Jack felt Loved.
few hours later after they both
caught some fish Bob
invited Jack to his humble home to share a meal and prayer time with
family. Jack was welcome into Bob's home anytime he passed
by. And God was pleased, both Bob and Jack were blessed, and
richer for the experience. Bob did not need to give Jack any fish
was empowered in being able to provide for himself and others, and
message of Jesus whenever he was led by the Spirit.
will you respond when our
Am I Available...
- to Surrender to Others?
- to Forgive Others?
- to Listen to Others?
- to Receive from Others?
- to Learn from Others?
- to Grow with Others?
- to Care for Others?
- to Love Others?