Pastor’s Pen: Catch of a lifetime

Excellent catch: The monster fish was 39 inches long, 15.5 inches around, 13.6 pounds, brought in at 9:45 pm. (Courtesy photo)
Excellent catch: The monster fish was 39 inches long, 15.5 inches around, 13.6 pounds, brought in at 9:45 pm. (Courtesy photo)

I was inside doing work most of the day when Calib called to ask if I would go fishing. I just wanted to get out of the house. We took Don’s canoe and headed off to a little spot somewhere outside of Evart. We fished until we could no longer see our bobbers and were ready to head in. On the way we heard a large splash and decided to cast that direction for a bit. Of course, my lure gets stuck in the weeds! I tug at it……but then it tugs back! I had a fish! I start to reel and it runs. I reel more and it runs. It gets to the boat and it runs away and then under the boat. I get it up close to the boat where Calib is anxiously waiting to bring it in. He attempts to scoop it with the net and I hear a big “SPLASH”!

“Did you get it?!”, I yell frantically.

Suddenly, Calib turns his whole body inward flopping a huge 39 inch pike into the center of the canoe! We had ourselves a monster fish and, for me, the catch of a lifetime.

For most people “the catch of a lifetime” isn’t a fish, but a spouse. You searched all over, maybe thinking it would never happen for you, and then, without great warning, this person comes into your life. This person you can be excited about and talk about for years to come.

But over time and with a houseful of children, pets and stress you have lost the wonder and desire that was once there. Solomon tells us in Proverbs 5:18, “May your fountain be blessed, and may you rejoice in the wife of your youth.” In the next verse he desires that she “satisfy always”.

My fish was a great catch, but my parent’s 41 years of marriage is something to be even more excited about. Over the years I’ve known them; I have hardly seen a fight between them and watched them constantly work together. My father never puts down my mother and my mother takes care of her family. They rejoice in one another and care for one another.

Do you care for your spouse? Do you enjoy your spouse? If you are struggling with this, and even if you’re not, send the kids to a friend’s house and put the animals in a kennel. Then sit down together and read through Song of Solomon. There are parts for the husband and parts for the wife. Set aside time this week to renew your excitement for the “catch of a lifetime”.