by Macy Johnson
“Simon Peter climbed aboard and dragged
the net ashore.
It was full of large fish, 153,
but even with so many the net was not
(John 21:11 NIV)
camping at Moccasin Creek State Park on Lake Burton, my husband and I walked
next door to a Georgia Trout Hatchery. During two prior camping visits to the
park we endured distractions of construction noises across the creek. The park
ranger suggested we check out the facility’s new additions.
met with the head of the operation, a nice, middle-aged man who relocated from
Oregon ten years prior. After working in a salmon hatchery with eighty-seven
raceways, he was content to now be in charge of only four.
explained the process of acquiring baby rainbow trout and raising them to place
in the waterways of North Georgia. Lakes, rivers, and streams are stocked so
anglers can enjoy the sport of trout fishing.
talked, I couldn’t take my eyes off the constant motion of fingerlings in the
raceway at our feet. They were about four inches long, swimming in schools in a
lane of three-feet-deep water. Their movements were mesmerizing, and an
occasional fish jumped out of the water to snatch a perceived bug.
director asked us to guess the number of rainbow trout in that one raceway. I looked
at the mass and tried to make a rough estimate. “Over seventeen thousand!” he stated.
That was in only one of the four raceways in use!
It made me
think of the Bible passage in John 21 when Jesus and His disciples were on the
beach after His resurrection. As in that story, our benevolent God always
provides waters teeming with “fish” for our needs.
I thank my
heavenly Father for providing so many creatures of the sea to glorify Him. I
hope you will, too!