Thought for the Week, August 27 2021

Reverend Chris Holden, The Fishermen's Mission.
Reverend Chris Holden, The Fishermen's Mission.

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Lessons from a humble sprat

I was interested to read in last week’s fishing news that the sprat is making a strong recovery in the Clyde.

Some shoals have been observed 1.2 miles long and over 100 feet deep.

It’s a surprising recovery in the marine ecosystem with several factors outlined. It is wondered if, in time, this will mean the recovery of larger animal species in the area.

Recovery takes time.

‘Wait.’

For a five-year-old to be told to ‘wait until dinner’ is hard enough let alone something that had to be next week, next year or until Christmas.

From one generation to another it is a harder challenge.

Walking down to Saddell Beach the other day I realised that the beautiful tree-lined drive was the vision of those who never saw what I saw.

Those past century tree-planters only saw in their minds’ eyes the glorious sky-reaching trees that I was enjoying.

They had vision to gift their actions to future generations. They waited but didn’t see.

Our actions today influence and benefit future generations. Just because we do not see the result, doesn’t mean we should not act.

That’s true environmentally and indeed in the field of shaping character.

I’m glad my mother taught me to wait. I’ve needed that lesson in the grown-up world.

‘Let us not become weary in doing good for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up,’ Galatians 6:9.

‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths,’ Proverbs 3:5-6.

Reverend Chris Holden, The Fishermen’s Mission.