I haven’t been fishing in years, but in my younger days that is all I did. I still remember my initial days fishing in North Dakota. My parents would put me on a bank next to some reeds with a cane pole and a bobber. Not very high tech but a lot of fun.
As I got older my equipment got better. One of the first advances I latched onto was a Zebco spin cast reel. It took a little getting used to if all you had ever used was a cane pole. There was this white button in the middle of the reel and you would depress the button, draw the rod back over your shoulder and then basically try and throw your bait, sinker and bobber as far out into the lake as you could. You had to release the button though at the proper time, which was my problem as I was starting out. If you released the button too soon you ended up with a mess of line and your bait and stuff balled up behind you. If you released it too late then you ended up with everything splattering in the mud and water in front of you. But if you released it at the proper time then you got a beautiful cast with you bait settling in and your bobber floating a nice distance from shore.
Fishing and fisherman are a main topic in the New Testament and several of the disciples were fisherman. Peter was a fisherman in Bethsaida and one of my favorite passages from the Bible is from Peter.
Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, so that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your care on Him, because He cares about you. 1 Peter 5:6-7 HCSB
Peter knew something about fishing and I find it interesting that he used the term cast. While Peter didn’t have a Zebco spin cast reel he understood the importance of giving up cares and burdens to the One who can carry them.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30 NIV
But just like the Zebco you must release your cares to Jesus at the proper time. If you wait too long, and a lot of us do that, it will end up eating you up inside. David found this out when he committed adultery with Bathsheba and tried to hide it.
When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night your hand was heavy on me; my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer. Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord.” And you forgave the guilt of my sin. Psalm 32:3-5 NIV
Your cares don’t have to be something as severe as David’s. You may be worried about a job, or bills that need paid or a relationship. The point is nothing is too big or too small to take our Lord in prayer. So, if you’re facing something today that has you worried or under pressure cast those cares on the Lord Jesus. And if you don’t know him yet and want to talk about how you can have a relationship with Him, just click the Contact Me link at the top of the site page.