The other day I was out fishing. I had my crawler on the hook and the bobber on the line. I was fully expecting to catch blue gill and or perhaps a little bass. What I didn’t expect was for my pole to bend over as something grasped the hook and ran off. I started to reel and saw a long shape that I assumed from a quick glance to be a pike. I yelled over to my fishing partner to grab the net. Determined to stay in the water, the lengthy creature saw the net and jetted away in the opposite direction. I reeled him in a bit more and my friend scooped him up in the net! The pike … wait … that’s not a pike!? That’s the weirdest looking thing I’ve ever seen. After untangling him from the net and working the hook out from between his miniscule teeth I snapped a quick shot of the 2-foot-long creature with my phone and sent it off to someone I was certain could identify this strange site. He soon replied to my “What is it?” text with this statement: “Looks like a dogfish, which should have a long dorsal fin extend almost to tail." We looked again and so it did. We had caught one of the two dogfish we would capture that night.
There are many times in life we have questions, “Why is this happening?," “Why am I here?”, “What did I do to deserve this?," “How can I regain my joy?”, etc. Life is full of difficult circumstances and hard questions and it would be great to just text God, “What’s going on?” and have Him reply back, but life doesn’t work that way. Many times when we of hear of someone else’s circumstance we throw out a quick verse in a vain attempt to squelch all questions and doubt, but we normally end up causing disdain toward ourselves and God for pat answers that do not satisfy. So what is the answer?