Mankind can land a probe on Mars, send a computer file through a fiber optic line and have it arrive intact, and isolate which gene causes Alzheimer’s syndrome. But we forget to fish the seams when we fish. We have to be reminded that to catch fish, you have to fish the seams in the water. Yet here is a bird, taught by God—the egret—that consistently fishes the seams with great proficiency.
I get two things from these observations:
First, if I want to be a truly good fisherman, I’ve got to remember to find the seams and fish them.
Second, with all God has to keep track of in the universe, if He stills makes sure the white egrets are trained to fish the seams, then surely He is keeping a close eye on me. In fact, He is probably tracking my movements a lot like that Mallard hen I mentioned tracks her little ducklings.
With far more eloquence than I can muster, King David came to the same conclusion in Psalm 139:7-10:
Where can I go from Your Spirit?
Or where can I flee from Your presence?
If I ascend to heaven, You are there;
If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, You are there.
If I take the wings of the dawn,
If I dwell in the remotest part of the sea,
Even there Your hand will lead me,
And Your right hand will lay hold of me.
Jesus taught that we were to consider the birds and realize how carefully our Father cares for them. We are to conclude from this observation how passionately He loves us.
That is wise counsel, and it won’t hurt your fishing expertise either.