Friday, July 25, 2014

On Fishing and Golf...I Don't Get It.

There are a few things in life that I just don't get. Fishing is one. Golf is another.

Okay, maybe it's because I have a hard time sitting still. And being patient. Maybe it's because I like to see quick results. Or just results. And sometimes fishing yields no fish. The one time I sort of fished was when my kids were little and I watched them...and got a fish hook, complete with a worm on it, stuck in the back of my knee when my son cast off from an adjacent dock and hooked me (He couldn't do that again if he tried!). If I had to sit or stand or wade, or whatever it is they do, and hold a fishing pole and just wait for a fish to come along and bite, I'd have to bring a backpack full of alternative things to do. Too much relaxing. Too much doing nothing but waiting. Isn't there a way to multi-task while you're fishing?

And golf? The one time I tried to get serious about that I went to the golfing range and bought a bucket of balls and didn't know I had to put the bucket where the balls come out. I figured the bucket would come out before the balls. Nope. 

Okay, I know there is a science behind the sport. Has anyone done a scientific study on why the average person cannot hit a ball that is not moving? For a competitive person, that's the ultimate embarrassment. And once you do hit it, you have to chase it because it generally doesn't go in the direction you were aiming for...also frustrating for a competitive person. (Did I mention that I'm a competitive person?) And it's the only sport that you strive to attain a lower score than your opponents.

Yet the bible is full of fishing references. Jesus told Simon (aka Peter) and his brother Andrew,   Come, follow me. I will make you fishers of men. And they did! They left their nets "at once" (Matt 4:19-20). We've all heard the story of how Jesus multiplied the fishes and the loaves. I suppose someone had to catch those first two fish. The kingdom of heaven is like a net that was let down into the lake and caught all kinds of fish (Matt 13:47). Heck, there's even an entry into the holy city called the Fish Gate.

So I guess God likes fishing, huh? He attempts to teach us through fishing and fish. And I don't have to expound on those things...they're pretty obvious,and if they're not, you can delve into that yourself. But golf? I see no biblical references on golf. I don't think the Israelites played too many games out in that big sand trap called The Wilderness. They took life very seriously back then. And Jonah would probably have been hard pressed to find his ball in the belly of the big fish (see?...again the fish!) I'm willing to bet that Moses would part the Red Sea once more just to find his ball. So what's the point of golf? 

I don't know. Remember...I don't get it? So I can't explain it.

So why the long rant on sports I don't like? Well, because it's my blog and I can. But more importantly, because there are things in this life that we don't "get." Things we don't necessarily understand the rage over, or agree with. Just go on Facebook and read the posts of your "friends." There are probably lots of different opinions, many of which don't line up with yours.

I don't "get" golf or fishing. Men don't "get" a woman's fascination with shopping or shoes. Women don't "get" how a man can walk by the garbage can 50 times and not notice that it's overflowing---or smelling. 

There will always be things that we don't "get". That's okay, because we don't have to figure everything out. It's okay for us not to "get" everything. We don't even have to try to figure God out. Because we never will. How can simply believing something with our heads stir our hearts, deliver us from bondage and change our lives? I don't know. I don't get it. But I don't have to. I simply believe.

What do you believe? Jesus told Thomas (the Doubter) Because you have seen, you believe. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed (John 20:29).

I believe in fishing and in golf. But I will never get why people like either one. But that's okay. I don't have to.

Blessings Along the Path,

Fishers of Men (Newsboys)

...and just because it's a beautiful song, beautifully sung...
I Believe (Katherine Jenkins & Andrea Boccelli)


  1. Thanks for your inspiring--and funny--post, Mary. I love the way you embed deep truths in wonderful humor. ~ Blessings to you!

  2. Thank you Mary Ann! Blessings back to you.

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