Devotionals by Dennis Rainey


Lures and Waders

Give preference to one another in honor. ROMANS 12:10

For more than 50 years I have enjoyed fishing. And ever since our honeymoon, when we went fishing together, I’ve been inviting Barbara to get into the sport with me. Finally she agreed to give it a try on a vacation out West. I bought her a fly rod and hired a guide to teach her, and finally there we were floating down the majestic Snake River near Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Finally, I thought, she’s fishing with me, enjoying the experience. It was just perfect!

At one point during our float, the guide who was with us began to instruct Barbara in the techniques of fly fishing. Now, one thing you never want to do is stand to the right side of a right-handed fly fisherman; the whipping motion of that line going back and forth can sail wide fairly easily and the fly can snag you. But when I saw the guide had Barbara positioned in the boat to his right, I figured he was the pro and knew what he was doing. That proved to be a wrong assumption. As he was lofting the fly back and forth the wind began to gust. I thought, This really isn’t a good idea for Barbara to be standing to his right. At that very moment, the guide flung his hook smack-dab in the middle of her forehead. I will never forget that moment. It was a ghastly sight. An imitation Caddisfly on a size 6 hook stuck in my beautiful wife’s face! Drops of blood ran down her nose. It wasn’t as bad as it sounds. It didn’t even leave a mark. I was reminded of what a great wife God had given me to be willing to get outside her comfort zone and join me in something I enjoy. When was the last time you stepped outside your comfort zone for your spouse?

And yes, Barbara has been back fly fishing with me since then. But she doesn’t stand to my right.

What would you love for your spouse to try with you just once?

Pray that you two will have fun together and be adventuresome.

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Dennis Rainey is the president and cofounder of FamilyLife® a subsidiary of Campus Crusade for Christ, and a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary. Dennis is senior editor of the HomeBuilders Couples Series® and daily host of the nationally syndicated and award winning radio program FamilyLife Today® He was the recipient of the National Religious Broadcasters Radio Program Producer of the Year Award for 1995 and 2003. Dennis has authored numerous books including Staying Close, a winner of the Gold Medallion Award from the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association.

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