I identified Chandler’s fish (see Friday’s Catch). It’s called a California corbina and it is prevalent in the shallow surf. It’s a bottom feeder and hard to catch with a line and hook because it doesn’t really “strike,” it munches. However it is fairly easy to spear as the Wikipedia site describes: “Although, these fish are difficult to hook, even an amateur spear fisher can easily spear these fish as they are not very wary of human contact. Corbina are the perfect fish to learn how to aim and shoot your spear due to the fishes lack of fight/flight reaction.”
Too bad it wasn’t better eating; Chandler could have kept us well supplied.
It makes me think that if I am going to be a fish in the sea, I don’t want to model myself after the corbina. Better to be more alert and aware of my surroundings. 1 Peter 5:8 says “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour,” which in a California corbina’s case could be any 14-year-old boy with a new spear.
The main thing here is for us to be aware of our surroundings and to constantly apply the truth of God’s word to what we experience. This means both inside and outside the church, because, just as in New Testament days there are false teachers everywhere. That’s why Paul commended the church in Berea because they continually checked the message Paul was bringing them with the scriptures they had, which would have been what we now call the Old Testament (Acts 17:11).
God gave us a mind meaning he meant for us to put it to use. In some Christian circles, people are being asked to turn off their minds and just accept what the leadership tells them, but if the leadership is truly discipling people. they should, like Paul, be telling them to confirm the truth in their own minds. More often than not, it’s not the leadership’s fault as much as it is the people who don’t want to have to think for themselves; they prefer to have someone else do their thinking for them. That turns you in to a sitting corbina.
Use your mind. Engage. Check things out further than just what’s on the surface. Read the word daily and keep it fresh in your mind. Not only will it protect you, it’s also more fun to be continually challenged. And if you see some kid pointing a pole at you, you might at least want to make yourself a moving target.