Life Lessons From a Brook Trout

fishThere is no secret that I love fishing. The particular kind of fishing I enjoy most is creek fishing. I enjoy stumbling through the buck brush and finally finding the perfect fishing hole. All summer long my goal is to find places where no one else bothers to go, in search of a fish that most people could care less about. The Brook Trout or Salvelinus fontinalis, is a little fish that you find mainly in… well, “brooks”, and I must say taste delicious. Here is an interesting fact: Brook Trout are not even trout. Funny huh? They are from a lesser-known species of fish called “char”.  I know I’m a nerd.

One thing I have noticed year after year is that in the beginning of the fishing season, the trout I catch are fin-loose and fancy free. From the second you hook one of those beauties’ they fight! Sometimes they will even jump out of the water with hook in mouth. What a blast. However something happens as the year progresses. Around the end of August, before the creek fishing becomes too dreadful and I give up for the year, I notice that the fish’s fighting attitude seems to change. Where only a few short months before, where they were determined to fight for their right for freedom, by August they become apathetic wimps who just say, “You got me Mike, I give up.”

Now I realize that there are probably a hundred reasons why this occurs: barometric pressure and water temperature is changing, the spawning cycle has begun, and perhaps seasonal affective disorder has started to set in; but I must say that my heart droops a little when I reel one in and it has given up hope.

Sometimes I wonder if this Christian life is kind of like the seasonal cycle of the Brook Trout. In the spring we start out with great optimism for life! We are so excited to be hooked on Jesus, and can’t even wait to be reeled in, so we fly out of the water like a rocket! In the spring we have HOPE and a sense of freedom in life. We tell everyone we know about our newfound faith. We eat up the Word like it’s mama’s homemade apple pie. Life is EXCITING! Then something happens. The seasons change. Perhaps life is hard. Maybe we just get tired of the same ole same ole, and we slow down a bit. Next thing you know we hold up our hands in surrender and say, “You got me, I give up.”

Oh but dear friends, let’s not give in so easily.

In Galatians 6:9 &10, the Apostle Paul instructs us to: “…not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.

Friend do not despair. Seasons change. It is part of life. Do not grow weary in living out the life God has for you. You will see a great harvest, or “creel full or brookies”, if you don’t loose heart.