When were coming from Africa we had to prepare our hearts as we were moving to a new country. There were going to be many changes we would to have to adapt to as a family. There is an old African saying, the tree that does not bend in the wind, will break. We were aware the weather in Canada would be a big change and it was. A person can anticipate what it is like but not until you are actually there can you really know experientially. We had to change the way we were from when we were in Africa. It definitely was not suitable for here in Alberta. There were many other changes we made to adapt to our new environment. Just like when going to another country you may have to learn things about that particular culture in order to better understand those around you. They may have different expectations than those we have, and so we continue to adjust here and there. Here a little, there a little, line upon line. Fishing in this country is different than in Africa, we can not use the same bait, as we do not have the same fish. Consequently we have to do a little research to find out what kind of fish we can catch here and what bait we use. We may fish all day and catch nothing because we are fishing on the wrong side of the boat, or maybe we are using the wrong bait. No one likes fishing and coming home with nothing especially if you have been fishing all day and nothing to show for it. You can be sure there will be those asking the question, "how many fish did you catch?"
Wisdom would tell us that we must find out what kind of fish we are trying to catch and what kind of bait we need. If we are the kind of fisherman who says to the Lord. "Look I have been fishing like this since before you were born, this is the way we have always done it." Then we may just miss the biggest haul of fish we have ever had. We do not want to miss the time of our visitation wisdom and insight given to us.
Change is the discovery of new things, that we would otherwise miss out on, even great things.
Today is the day of salvation, now faith is, behold I do a new thing, the Lord's mercy is new every morning. When we come to the lake of life let's ask ourselves what kind of fish we are, after. Then we ask for wisdom and grace to change and to use the right bait. We cast out into the deep knowing change is necessary for growth. Let's go fishing!