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Learn a Lesson from Fish

Two weeks ago, my husband and I spent four days in Myrtle Beach, SC. He took part in a pastor’s golf tournament every day, and I laid on the beach catching up on reading … and my tan.

In the evenings, we enjoyed dinner together and attended two shows. 

While waiting for the magic show to begin, we leisurely strolled around “Broadway at the Beach” taking in the sights. As we crossed the wooden bridge that spanned the lake, we stopped to view the multitude of fish swimming below. The creatures jumped over the top of one another in hopes of someone dropping bits of food into the water.

We had no snacks for them, but my husband extended his arm as if he did. The fish went nuts—flopping frantically in search of the expected morsel.

I told my husband, “They are so conditioned by their environment and habits, they scramble for the food when you extend your hand, even though you have nothing for them. And look how hungry they are—mouths open and ready.” 

My mind, as it often does, shifted to spiritual matters, and I pondered the lesson I could learn from the bream, carp, and catfish that evening. Those fish knew that an arm stretched across the water was the source of food, and they assembled at the appropriate spot, mouths wide, hungry for a tidbit—even fought one another to get it. 

Do we recognize our source of spiritual food so clearly? Are we conditioned by our environment and habits thoroughly enough to rush to the appropriate location for nourishment?

Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is the bread that comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” “Sir,” they said, “always give us this bread.” Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” John 6:32-35

Jesus is the bread of life, and He came down from heaven so we would be filled spiritually. God’s Word is food for our souls. He is the source of our daily nourishment. 

Are we as hungry for a word from God as those fish were for a crumb of kibble? Are we still spiritual babes, or have we matured to solid food?

“You have been believers so long now that you ought to be teaching others. Instead, you need someone to teach you again the basic things about God’s word. You are like babies who need milk and cannot eat solid food. For someone who lives on milk is still an infant and doesn’t know how to do what is right. Solid food is for those who are mature, who through training have the skill to recognize the difference between right and wrong.” Hebrews 5:12-14

And how do we mature?

We act like a fish.

Fish Feeding at “Broadway at the Beach”

Gather at the proper locations—personal time in the Bible and prayer, the local church, a small group, fellowship with believers. And when we gather, we show up with hearts open wide—expectant—ready for what the Lord will teach us.

Unlike my husband, God doesn’t tease or trick us. When He stretches out His hand, He blesses and pours out His goodness. When we go to Him hungry, searching, and ready to hear from Him, He always feeds us. He will not withhold His Holy Spirit from anyone who asks.

So I say to you: “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” Luke 11:9-13

When you received the Holy Spirit, you gained access to the knowledge, wisdom, and blessing of God. And that’s all the food you will ever need.

Join the conversation. Have you experienced feeding the fish in Myrtle Beach, or somewhere else? Where do you gather for spiritual nourishment? What resource can you recommend to others to enhance spiritual growth?

As a Jesus girl for more than thirty years, Deena Adams understands how important hope is to daily life, which fuels her passion to inspire others through hope-filled fiction based on true to life stories. She is represented by Tamela Hancock Murray of the Steve Laube Agency and is a multi-award-winning writer, an active ACFW member, and ACFW Virginia president. Connect with Deena through her website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


  • Traci

    God directed me to 2 different podcasts through Spotify by Steven Furtick:
    “The Mystery of Potential” and
    “Trust Me I’m Trying”

    • Deena Adams

      Hi Sharon. Thanks for joining the conversation! Yes, God’s creation is amazing and teaches us so many lessons. If only we pay attention and listen! Blessings to you.

  • Deena Adams

    Traci, I’m so glad God doesn’t beat us over the head when we neglect our time with Him, aren’t you? He so lovingly allows us to begin again each day. His faithfulness is such a treasure! What did He lead you to listen to?

  • Traci

    We did feed Koi fish at a mall in Honolulu Hawaii when dad was ststioned there, several yesrs ago. Ok, decades!
    The last 2 mornings I have neglected my quiet time with God. My treasured time in the morning with my coffee and the Word were over come by wanting to get to a job, or simply to listen to the news.
    Yesterday morning on my long commute, I asked God to show me something I could listen to. He came through!
    If we ask and we cry out He will respond.
    Nothing beats my quiet rime, but in asking God instead of forging on by myself or simply turning on the radio…He spoke very clearly to me.

    • Lynn Moore

      Thank goodness….and God….that when we come to “our” spot to be fed….it’s not the frenzy these poor fish have to endure! God has enough food to go around & then some! And unlike these fish who all eat the same tiny morsels….God prepares a special dish for each of us….providing just what our hearts are craving & in need of….each & every time! My favorite place to get alone with God is any water view….at home….I sit in my John-Boy’s chair…..🐠🐡🐟