It has been three and a half years since we moved to Moses Lake. Everywhere we have lived, the fishing has been unique; techniques and lures employed in one place have not guaranteed success in another.
So, when we moved from Texas, I needed to relearn how to catch fish — trout, perch, crappie and walleye. I’ve picked up a lot of tips from those who have been kind enough to take me under their wing and teach the ins and outs.
Harold Boyer, Frank Duchow and Pat Devney are among those who have done so. In spite of this, I’m not quite there yet. I still have a lot to learn.
This year I learned to fish for walleye. Clint Pozzi was kind enough to teach me how to do so along with his friend Jim.
Jim’s nickname is “the King Fisherman,” and with good reason. From boat or shore, Jim possesses a wealth of information on how to catch these fish and he most certainly backs it up with results. He’s just one of those guys.
I recently went bank fishing for walleye on Moses Lake. There wasn’t much of a bite. Two people caught fish that day and I was fortunate to be one of them. I landed a 20-inch walleye. I did so under Clint and Jim’s tutelage.
As a Christian, I have appreciated tutelage given by “spiritual mentors” over the years. Some are people that I personally know. My contact with others has been through their public speaking events and by reading their books.
For a Christian, Jesus is the one to follow, and no human being does this perfectly. So, while it is important that we seek out spiritual mentors, discernment must still be used.
We need to realize that not everything from their mouths should be treated as gospel, a law that must be followed – this could result in a personality cult, far afield from Jesus Christ.
What is important though is that we still seek out those we can engage in “holy conversation,” that may encourage and nurture our spiritual walk.
Their wisdom and experience may be of great help when we find ourselves lost by going at it alone.
Walter is pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church and has served as parish pastor for more than 25 years.