“In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.” (John 1:4 ESV)

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

You Never Know

 by Macy Johnson

“He said, ‘Throw your net on the right side of the boat

and you will find some.’

When they did, they were unable to haul the net in

because of the large number of fish.”

(John 21:6 NIV)


Our daughter’s family came for a long weekend visit over the Easter and spring break holidays. Saturday morning a new package of fish hooks blew off the dock into the water, lost to the watery depths. The next day our granddaughter, Dahlia, cast the fish net into the water to catch bait and pulled up the package of new fish hooks! “You never know,” I said to my husband, Jeff.


Sunday evening, after our company had left for Birmingham, Jeff and I sat on the dock and watched as purple martins flew over the water. “Should I leave the poles out tonight?” he asked. “We need to replenish our catfish supply.”


“Sure, they should be okay,” I replied as we walked back up to the house for dinner and a basketball game on YouTube TV.


Monday morning came and Jeff checked on the left-behind fishing poles. One was missing, presumably dragged off by a hooked fish. He blamed himself for not tying the pole more securely to the dock. But many hours later while casting with another rod for the first time that day, he snagged and retrieved the lost fishing rod and reel. “You never know,” I repeated to Jeff.


Was God reminding us that He cares about the little things we care about? You never know what our heavenly Father will do next. Jesus told His disciples to cast their nets when they had no hope. Jeff had no hope to retrieve the hooks or the lost rod.


I will trust the Holy Spirit to renew my hope in Him. I hope you will, too!

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