Friday, July 7, 2017

Flossing the Fish?

In Alaska anglers are required to catch salmon by a technique called flossing. It is a particular type of snagging the fish. The peculiar feature in this flossing technique is the necessity of the fishing line to "land" across the mouth of the fish allowing the barb to stick in one side of the mouth only. If the fish is caught with the barb in the tail, fin, side or another part of the fish the fisherman must carefully remove the barb and return the fish to the water. 
Salmon on their way up the streams to spawn do not eat. Therefore bait of any kind, even man-made flys, offer no interest to them. They have one goal in mind only-to mate! I guess with their "one track" thinking they don't see the line coming as it floats down the river right into their mouth as they swim up the river. It has taken Hunter a bit of work to master this type of fishing but he is one to never give up on a good challenge. He is having success and we have enjoyed one meal of fresh caught salmon and look forward to another tomorrow night. 
These salmon are "clueless" of the dangers of the lines in the cold streams as they swim up toward their destination. They remind me of life situations we often get ourselves into where Satan snags us. Our minds are on money, success, competing with the neighbor's for things, fudging on truth, instead of focusing on God and what He wants in our lives. One of my recent memory verses speaks to this dilemma and how to overcome it.
1 Corinthians 10:13
"No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful, he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will provide a way out so that you can stand up under it."
So instead of being "flossed" by Satan keep your eyes open and rely on God to guide you to safety. 

While fishing we enjoyed God's beauty and wild creatures!

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