Thursday, September 24, 2009

Catfish skulls on poles

I drive by 4 telephone poles on my commute created by guys who catch fish, then nail the catfish skulls onto their nearby phone/electric poles. Took me quite a while to figure out what they were – they’ve been up for years, slowly moving on to the next pole in a migration of their own. It is one of the stranger things I’ve seen – but it humors me. They are creating quite the trophy until a storm takes out a pole or the energy company shows up to remove them / replace the pole.

My father-in-law LOVES to fish. He fishes weekly as long as the weather holds. It is his retirement therapy. I’ve a brother who loves to fish too and has an unbelievable amount of lures.

Luke 5 – The Calling of the First Disciples
1One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret,[a]with the people crowding around him and listening to the word of God, 2he saw at the water's edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets.
3He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat. 4When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, "Put out into deep water, and let down[b] the nets for a catch."
5Simon answered, "Master, we've worked hard all night and haven't caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets."
6When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. 7So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink.

The New Testament has many examples of stories with Jesus and fish. The feeding of the 5,000, etc. but I like this Luke 5 scripture when he calls Simon Peter, a fisherman to go out with him. The son of a carpenter, now teaching others – telling a fisherman how to do his job - ironic if you think about it. But Simon Peter listens and obeys. Jesus “fished” in his disciples in these ways, but not much has changed today in that he is still calling to us “fish” today to join him, follow him and be his humble servants. As with Simon Peter, the message here is we don’t need to be perfect to come to God, rather, we need to trust God and let him do his work in transforming our lives.


beckymc said...

I love the scripture verses you used today. It shows us Jesus can use us in our own enviroment. Why do they put the cat fish heads on the pole?

Dee said...

I wonder if they are originally from Louisiana where they nail gator heads and stuff to poles and fences.It is a guy thing i am sure.

angelonwheels said...

Lovely post Val! Thank you for the lesson, and thank you for reading my blog!

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