Shallow Water Fishing, Great Egret Style
Fishing in shallow water takes a different level of skill than working the depths. A sharp eye, stealth and patience are essential tools of the art. As with all fishing, it’s a waiting game. Equipped with the necessary finesse from birth, the Great Egret poses a credible threat to any small fish or amphibian in its path.
What no net or fishing pole? This fisherman carries a more powerful weapon–a spear, or sharp pointed beak to be more accurate. As with the practice of any craft, annoyances may occur.
Bother! In this case wet feathers–prized aigrettes (breeding plumes), no less, and not even one fish to boast about.
What’s a bird to do, but shake it off and look elsewhere. A quiet tide-filled lagoon across the beach should do–a place to fish in peace.
Success often comes in small packages, as did this wee minnow. However, secure enough small victories and you’ll have a belly full to satiate your fondest desires. Yes?
On a personal note, I think life is like that. Equipped with God given talents and gifts we hone and practice our expertise, often with varying degrees of success. One of the keys is to persevere–take a new tack, try a new venue and then take courage in even the smallest triumph. Sumner Redstone, CBS and Viacom chairman said: “Success is not built on success. It’s built on failure. It’s built on frustration. Sometimes it’s built on catastrophe.” However, we can’t camp there. Instead like the Great Egret, we don’t give up. For me, I go back to the one who supplied me in the first place, God. A relational God, He is eager to give wisdom when we ask for it. That wisdom is exactly what we need when our endeavors disappoint us. God said: “I will never leave you, nor forsake you.”* I have found that to be a promise I can depend on.
* Holy Bible, Hebrews 13:5b