As iron sharpens iron,
so one person sharpens another.Proverbs 27:17
I have been blessed in my kayak fishing experiences to wake up early and drag my kayak down the beach to a mist-covered mirror calm lake set against an awe-inspiring sunrise over rolling mountains. I have floated on a slack tide at dusk, enjoying a gorgeous sunset while chatting with a buddy as we have a friendly competition.
Taking time out from our busy lives and professions is sometimes very difficult to do. Even in my own home between children, spouse, pets and chore lists I sometimes find it hard to find true peace and time to reflect on life and spend time with God.
31 He said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a remote place and rest for a while.” For many people were coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat. 32 So they went away in the boat by themselves to a remote placeMatthew 6:31-32
Jesus himself told his disciples to get in the boat and, for a few moments, float away from the demands on their time to rejuvenate themselves in order to better serve others when they return! Every time I set out on my chosen kayak fishing adventure I can see the wisdom in this instruction.
When I am out on the water, I am usually chasing the next big bite or even bigger fish. But as everyone knows, fishing is not synonymous with CATCHING. There is typically a lot of waiting and watching involved with fishing, and a lot of this time in the early morning or late evening when even Gods creation seems to be resting.
I find the peace and quiet inherit in kayak fishing to be very therapeutic. There is no motor noise, no refueling stops, no excessive time at the ramp fighting other boaters for a turn. I am sitting nearly level with the water, and the very nature of my craft requires me to be in tune with the wind, waves and tides.
Spending quiet time in the beauty of God’s creation is my preferred way to keep myself closer to Him. I have found a wonderful church family at Atlantic Shores and would welcome anyone to join us Sunday mornings! I have found fellowship with others to be vitally important in my own growth in Christ, but I sometimes have my most meaningful conversations with Him in the quiet of my kayak while enjoying His creation.
“Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”Genesis 1:28
We have been given an awesome responsibility to care for God’s creation. The benefit of dominion over His creation comes with an even greater responsibility to avoid abusing the authority we have been given. I do eat some of the fish I catch. But I only bring home what I intend on using to feed my family. I do use smaller fish as bait for larger fish, but I do not catch excess bait without thought to its usefulness and allow it to die without purpose.
The State of Virginia has established season, quotas and minimum and/or maximum size limits on various species of fresh and saltwater fish as a method of conservation to ensure the future generations of each species. These limits exist for well-researched reasons, and change in accordance with the current state of their populations.
A righteous man regards the life of his animal,Proverbs 12:10
But the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.
All anglers should be aware of and heed all regulations on the species they are targeting. Careless injuries or wanton killing of any living creature should be strongly condemned regardless of excuse.
Wildlife conservation and environmental consciousness are simply modern terms to describe the responsibility inherit in being given dominion over God’s creation. I find it incredibly upsetting to see the amount of trash floating in the water on days with greater than average boating traffic. If you bring it out on the water with you, it should all come back to the launch with you.
If you enjoy being in the outdoors, or enjoy any part of the fishing experience all are welcome to join us on our fishing adventures. New to the sport or veteran alike are all welcome!
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