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The Big Fish
By J Oniel Strunk
Wednesday, December 19, 2007

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Lesson in How to accomplish a dream and how to recieve what you pray for.

One cool summer morning two men piled a few bags, picnic basket and fishing poles into an old rusty pickup truck heading for their favorite fishing spot. They hit the old dirt road like conquering heroes set out to win the war of fishing. They started recalling past fishing trips together and even laughed and argued over a few fishing instances. It was usually an argument over who caught the biggest and best fish in the past. The first man thought that it was his that was the biggest last time because it was much longer than the other guys. The second man thought it was his that was bigger because it was much wider than the other guys.
But trailing down the road leaving the dust behind them they recalled a story of a great man of God that went fishing one time. The man only had to put his pole out without casting the line, and the fish would just leap out of the water and onto the hook, so the story went. The first man told this story to the second man. “Wow ! said the second man”. “How did he do it?” The first man explained that in having faith is where the man of God caught the biggest fish without his line in the water. ‘Wow”, said the second man again. “I think I’ll do that today, I’ll be like the great man of faith and catch the big fish today.” The first man quickly explained that he himself had nowhere that amount of faith to do that yet. The second man just got all excited, thinking he was going to see a miracle today, not to mention the legendary story he would get by whooping his buddy in getting the bigger fish.
Upon arrival of the fishing spot they both gathered their things and silently prayed for the biggest fish to be caught by only himself. The first man baited his line and prayed that God would place his bait and hook into the right place upon the casting out. So when he was ready he cast it out into the water, then he held his pole in his hand and waited.
The second man set his pole in its holder and prayed again for the biggest fish and then sat in his lawn chair and dipped his had brim down and closed his eyes. He just knew in his mind that God was going to place that fish on his hook. He was so comfortable with that idea that he let himself fall to sleep.
In what seemed like minutes, the second man woke up from his nap with a tap on his shoulder. “Hey wake up; let’s go home, I got my fish.” The second man staggered to his feet looking at the darkened sky, and he looked at the first mans fish. “Wow that’s huge.” Said the second man. He quickly turned his head over to his own pole to see what he got and his heart quickly turned to shame. He saw nothing but an empty pole.
Sadly he gathered his things and met his friend at the pickup truck and loaded his things and they drove off. He recalled the story about the man of faith and asked his friend one more time if it was true or not. “Yes it was true ,” said the first man. “But he had a lot of faith”. The second man just kept recalling his thoughts. He thought for sure that he had enough faith to do it. Or at least he thought he did. But as all he knew is he didn’t get the big fish, nor any fish.

Do you know what happened in this story? The first man knew that he didn’t have enough faith to do what the man of faith did to catch the big fish. The second man thought he did have the faith but he didn’t. Obviously. So what happened? The bible says that if anyone has even small faith then they can basically do great things. But, if you don’t’ have that much faith then you have to still do something to get your blessing. Your big fish.
You see, when you ask God for something in prayer, it is given to you already. But it doesn’t just appear on your hook. You may need to put bait on your hook. You may need to drive to the certain water spot. You may need to cast your dreams in into the water. You may need to cast it over and over again. Just know that your prayer is answered before you even finish praying for it. It is up to you to reach out and grab it.
So let’s not blame God for your prayers not being accomplished. Stop wasting this little life away that you hold onto so tightly. Pray for what you want, and then do everything you can to take it. Your prayers are your answered prayers. Just yours. Go get them. God bless you. Amen. For more stories and understanding please go to   

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Reviewed by susan donavon 12/19/2007
I love your story. The illustration was great, I hope to read more like this in the future. Good luck

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