Pastor’s Pen: Just one more time

Last week I woke up at 6 a.m. and squeezed in some fishing before work. I had gone to Canada the last few years with a group from church, but that wasn’t enough. I wanted to cast my line in the water more than one week out of the year. So I bought a license and was out fishing first thing in the morning.

After only three casts, I caught a walleye! It was about 13 inches, not huge and not a keeper; but I did catch it. I threw him back and cast out again. Not long after, I reeled in another small one. Then I caught another and another. Four small walleye came to shore that day and I had a great time bringing them in.

As it came close to the time to head home I kept thinking, “Just one more. I’m sure I can get one more before I go.” I would continue to cast out over and over hoping for one more strike. But all-to-soon it was a little past the time I should have left and I headed home. The fishing bug had definitely given me the desire to be out there and would take me back to the water three more times that week.

Desire or passion … it drives us to do things others may find strange and may not do themselves if they were in the same situation.

David talks about this same passion in Psalm 63, “O God, You are my God, earnestly I seek You; my soul thirsts for You, my body longs for You, in a dry and weary land where there is no water.”

David is talking about a passion for God. We talk of God being our passion, but perhaps He is just a hobby. A passion for fishing makes men spend hard-earned money on tackle boxes, worms, rods and lures. It causes one to get up early or stay out late. It results in fishing in the rain or cold. A hobbyist only goes out when the weather is perfect and there is a free day in the schedule. A passionate fisherman will squeeze it in whenever there is a free minute – and many times when there is not.

Look at every aspect of your life. Is God your hobby of convenience or your complete passion and desire? What can you do to make God your passion?