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February 26, 2020
Helen Sanders

I like fish, and I enjoy fishing. I grew up on the shores of Lake Michigan and at a very young age I learned how to fish. I loved to fish. Every day in the summer when the weather permitted I would walk to Lake Michigan and fish off a breakwall (a long pier) with my cane pole. When others didn’t catch fish, I always did.

I remember one day I walked to a river and found a stick. In the water was some  discarded fish line. I found a safety pin and tied the line to the stick and pin. I caught a fish with this “tackle”.  Like I said, I always caught fish when others didn't.  

Yesterday I fixed some fresh salmon, from the store, for my husband and myself. It came with the scales still on it. I decided to clean it in my kitchen sink under the water because when you clean a fish the scales can go everywhere. It worked better than doing it on the counter, but there were still scales to clean up. I thought I had cleaned up the mess, but this morning I saw more scales on my counter. When the scales were wet they blended in with our counter, but now that they had dried they were noticeable. I thought that I had gotten them all yesterday when I cleaned that piece of fish, but I had missed a whole lot of scales, and now they dried and were to my counter and they had to be scraped off. I found it interesting that they didn’t show up until they dried out.

As I thought about this I was reminded in the scripture where the Apostle Paul lost his sight after encountering Jesus on the road to Damascus. In Acts 9:18 after Ananias prayed for Saul it says: “and immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized.” This is the only time in the New Testament that the word scales is used. In meditating on this. 

As sin comes into our life  at first it isn’t very noticeable, but eventually sin blinds us like those scales. It becomes harder and harder to get rid of it. Saul became Paul when the scales were gone. In many of our lives, sin, like those fish scales, blinds us and keeps us from seeing, but if we let him, Jesus shows us the scales that need to be removed. Are there any scales over your eyes regarding sin? Perhaps you have been living a double life. You appear okay to those around you but in the recesses of your life there is sin that needs to be removed. When we ask Jesus to show us what needs to go He will my friend, and just like Saul that became the greatest Apostle of all, the scales will be removed and you will be free, and be able to see like never before. Be blessed to be a blessing! 

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