It’s hard to see and get the things we set out to see and get.
A friend says she saw scores of elk on the side of the road, at night. I was in the car behind them and saw no elk at all. I think she saw scores of rural mailboxes.
A friend I had been staying with, warned me that the deer were active and that he had recently hit two of them. I said, “Yes, I’ve come around curves and seen them standing in the road.” He said, Yes, but I’m talking about deer who step out in front of you at the last second and before you can hit the brakes, you’ve hit the deer. Be careful going down the mountain.”
So, I carefully drove, in the dark, ten miles an hour, certain I would hit a deer. I spotted some, but they turned out to be bushes or small trees, which I didn’t hit. I saw no deer.
I fly fish the Conejos River, catching brown and rainbow trout. I practice catch and release, but before I can release, I have to catch, and I don’t catch many. Seems everyone else catches by the dozen, but not me.
The things we seek in life can be elusive. Like the deer, elk, or trout, or whatever it is we seek. You can fish all day and catch nothing, or go hunting and never see even one.
Is life like that? Do we seek things that are elusive and hard to get?
Do we set our hearts on things beyond our reach? Beyond what is good for us?
If I focus on what God has promised: grace, divine connection, my basic daily needs, then I’m never disappointed.
When I fix my heart on what’s not been promised, well, that’s when I get frustrated and irritated.
I’ll keep fishing, but I’ll keep in mind that God hasn’t promised a lot of fish.