Psalm 37:4 says: “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart”. When I first read this verse I had a “Let’s make a Deal” mentality. My motive was to get the desires of my heart, not delighting myself in the Lord. (See Motives blog). I am now seeing how God means for this to work in my own life.
As far back as I can remember, I have loved fishing, the sea, and as I got older, boats. I remember as a small boy fishing with my grandfather, standing in shallow streams in Washington State, catching rainbow trout and putting them in a fish basket. I also remember as a small pirate fishing here on the Gulf Coast with my other grandfather. He would give me his cane pole and put a little piece of bait on the small hook and I would tirelessly catch one pinfish after another, all while drinking coffee with him out of his thermos. I recall the day I caught a 13 inch white trout (a monster at the time) while fishing with my dad. I cannot tell you how many Saturdays, during my teen years, I spent on the Three Mile Bridge with my friends fishing the night away. Then there was the time with my dad fishing in a way too small boat, in way too turbulent water, but we truly caught the monster that day! I have taken my own sons fishing, bringing back memories of good times together. Those were the days!
I spent many hours of my formative years in a pool hall. It was my favorite hangout because everyone knew me and many of us truly cared about one another. There was this unbelievable level of openness and trust. We would shoot pool, play cards, eat together and leaned on each other when necessary. Sticking together through thick and thin, and there was a plenty of both. Those were the days!
In the past I have spent my fair share of time as a volunteer bartender, in my home and others. Alcohol aside, it was always nice to spend time together with friends and share our life experiences. Those were the days!
“Cheers” is one of my all time favorite TV shows. It was often kooky and had a little to much hormonal overload from Sam. However it was a place where “everybody knows your name”. Who doesn’t want to be where everybody knows your name?
What does this have to do with Psalm 34? Please receive this as boasting in the Lord and not myself. I have been seeking God, trying to “delight myself in Him”, not as a means to get the desires of my heart but just to know Him more. Well, well, guess what. That’s right, “desires of my hear)t”.
He is bringing so many of the streams of my past together. He made me the way that I am. The personality He gave me is being aligned with His will to be used for His glory. It is amazing to me to look back at my life and see what He has been up to all along. The gates of hell cannot prevail against Him. The only thing that can screw this up would be disobedience. (Pray for me to know and do His will at every step).
So what’s up. Tomorrow Greg’s Fishin Hole takes a next step. The opening of a place where we can come together and share life. A place where we can be there with one another and for one another. A place where we can play, pray, laugh and cry. Where everybody knows your name, and I pray it will be a place where everybody knows His name. A place where God will get the glory. These are the days!
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