We stopped at Robbie’s Marina at mile marker 78 on the Overseas Highway back in April during our vacation to the Florida Keys. They have all kinds of things to do and see there. I noticed at one pier there were some huge fish called tarpon hanging around right next to the pier. Some were at least three feet long. I had never seen such large fish in such shallow water. Then I noticed a station to clean fish right above the place where those fish were gathered. I now understood why those fish were hanging out. They were waiting.
A little while later a boat docked and someone came to clean their fish. As they fileted their fish and scraps fell or were tossed into the water, a tug of war ensued between a host of pelicans who had now joined the scene and the tarpons swarming below. They were all waiting to partake of whatever scraps they could get from the table.
The whole scene reminded me of Jesus’ encounter with the woman from Canaan in Mattew 15. In her persistence to obtain help for her daughter, she beseeches the Lord by saying, “Even the little dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their master’s table.” The Lord acknowledges her faith and heals her daughter. Because of her faith, she went to the place where she could get her need met. She went to the Lord and ultimately He answered her prayer.
Anytime I think about that passage from now on I will think about those tarpon and those pelicans. They went to the right place and waited. And as I think of them, I will ask myself, am I in the right place? Am I being patient? Am I waiting in His will, am I standing on His word and abiding in His ways? It was another beautiful day in the Keys with my beautiful bride as we celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary. The Lord is so good.