This post was written on the fishing opener on May 15, 2010.
“As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.” (Mark 1:16-17)
I came home tonight around 11 p.m. I noticed the bait shop still open and thought, “That’s strange,” but then didn’t think anymore of it. I then decided it was a great night for a prayer walk to the gym under the stars. For this is a significant day for Keri and I — more on that soon.
As I walked the bike path and drew near to the Seton Channel bridge I heard voices below and saw many lights in the water. I saw both sides of the channel lined with fishing boats and finally remembered that it was 11:52 p.m. on the eve of the fishing opener! It’s obvious that I’m not a fisherman — or at least the usual kind.
I am so aloof of the significance and excitement of this annual tradition, that I had no idea eager anglers dropped their boats in before midnight and celebrated an all night fishing spree with their buddies. I could see how that could become a neat annual tradition for father and son — kind of the equivalent to the cool dad who takes their kids to the midnight opening of a blockbuster movie.
But what really hit me was how eager committed fishermen are to get out there on the waters and go after those fish as soon as it’s open season! I’m sure there were hundreds of them out there on Lake Minnetonka already at midnight. At least the most committed.
But my mind was on something else this evening as I walked the streets of my hometown. I have resumed my habit of late night prayer walks under the stars — whenever the weather allows. Tonight I had much to bring to the Lord in prayer. You see today is fishing opener for Keri and I as well — a different kind of fishing.
Today marks the day that we were given an initial green light by the Northwest Conference of the Evangelical Covenant Church to begin moving towards planting a new church in Mound! We’re following Jesus in order to become fishers of men. Today we were encouraged to begin sharing the vision God has placed on our hearts for reaching the people of Mound with a new kind of church.
After months of praying, seeking, listening, discerning, and obeying our sense of God’s call for our future, Keri and I are going drop our lines in the water, begin sharing the dream God has placed on our hearts with friends and family in the area, inviting them to prayerfully consider joining us in this exciting mission.
Yes, it’s probably no mere coincidence that we got the “green light” to begin pursuing this big catch of a vision on the fishing opener. I think it’s a perfect day to drop our line of faith into the waters of this community and trust that the Lord, in his time, will provide us with a good catch for the Kingdom and for the glory of His name!
At last, the fishing opener is finally here! To shift metaphors, “The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields” (Luke 10:2). “Then I heard the Lord asking, “Whom should I send as a messenger to this people? Who will go for us?” I said, “Here I am. Send me” (Isaiah 6:8).
Anyone up for some fishing in Mound? I’m in. Stay tuned….
[Note: I’m now reading this post 4 years later (2014), and celebrating God’s faithfulness looking back. Our fishing was not in vain, and there is a wonderful community of faith now at MainStreet in Mound. But it all begin with a call and some faith to set out onto the water and drop our nets. Let’s keep at it! Read some stories of the people impacted at MS HERE. -JB ]