A fishing buddy invited me to go fish in the river at Desaru.
Usually we fish out in the open sea. But river fishing is something I always wanted to do for the longest time.
The day started out with moderate rain. The river was bit swollen with floating debris of fallen leaves and branches on the even flowing brownish water.
There was no need for sun tan lotion as the sky was cloudy and overcast even at noon. We were fishing in a fully air condition environment. The wind brought by our moving boat gave me a chill. I have never experienced such cool weather in all my fishing trips. Usually it was hot and sweaty.
Strangely there was hardly any bite on our lines. But surprisingly the surrounding scenery was quite a sight.
Large shrubs, thick vegetation and mangrove trees lined both sides of the river. Buttress roots stick out of the water like straws. I was told that at night those bushes on the river edge lit up like Christmas trees because the entire stretch of river is swarmed with fireflies.
I seldom had been to such a natural environment unspoiled by urban development. I told my friend that I felt like I was in one of Robson Green Extreme Fishing episodes along the Amazon River.
We caught no fish. We didn’t mind at all. The place and the sight of the surrounding made up for it. We were happy and so was the boatman who was trying so hard to find us fish.
It turned out to be my most relaxing fishing trip.
As I reflected I realized that quite often we focus so intently on achieving our goal at hand that we miss the good of the surrounding we are in.
We miss the flowers blooming for us on the sidewalk. We miss the chirping sounds of birds and cricket doing a concert for us. We miss the fleeting grandeur of the rainbow, the beauty of a glorious sunset and the breathtaking constellation of a clear night sky.
David the shepherd boy did not simply focused on his task of looking after sheep that he was oblivious to his surrounding. In fact he was so awed by the beauty of God’s creation that he wrote several Psalms about it.
Psalm 8:3-4 “When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that You are mindful of them, human beings that You care for them?”
Psalm 19:1 “The heavens declare the glory of God; the sky proclaim the work of His hands.”
Psalm 95:4-5 “In His hand are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to Him. The sea is His, for He made it, and His hands formed the dry land.”
Psalm 147:8 “He covers the sky with clouds; He supplies the earth with rain and makes grass grow on the hills.”
Next time you go fish, don’t keep looking down at what you can catch. Look around you. Drink in the beauty of God’s creation. Don’t miss it!
Be enthralled. Be stunned. And proclaim:
“How many are Your works, Lord! In wisdom You made them all; the earth is full of Your creatures. There is the sea, vast and spacious, teeming with creatures beyond number – living things both large and small” (Psalm 104:24-25).