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Tavern Talk #21: Go Fish

Updated: Jul 14


During this time of quarantine and social distancing, perhaps you have resorted to board games, puzzles and card games. One of the all-time favorite card games is Go Fish. You know how it goes, right?

Go Fish is a lot like life these days. We are seeking things that we want and need, or at least think that we do. Whether it’s as simple as jigsaw puzzles, Lysol, or toilet paper, or more complicated like financial security, cures and answers. In response, sometimes the world tells us, “go fish!”

It’s times like these when what we actually need to seek is faith. Faith provides hope. And God provides the rest – all that we need.

There is a great story in the Gospel of John about fishing. For whatever reason, Simon Peter, who had made a living as a fisherman, decided to go fishing. He was joined by some of the other disciples, some of whom were also fishermen. They fished all night and caught nothing. The next morning, Jesus appeared on the shoreline and yelled out to the guys on the boat, “Cast your nets on the right side of the boat.” They did, and their nets were filled!

With all that life is dishing out these days, have you found yourself fishing? Are you fishing in the same old spots and wondering why you aren’t getting what you need? Try listening to what God is trying to tell you. Maybe you aren’t fishing on the right side of the boat.

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