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Unseen activity
August 16, 2010
by Rev. Lyndon Korhonen, Good Shepherd Free Lutheran Church, Cokato

“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” (Ephesians 6:12)

The week of fishing opener this year was some of the nicest weather ever seen in the month of May in Minnesota. Wow! Eighty degrees and little wind – how great it was to be out on the lake. The only problem most fisherman had was that they didn’t catch many fish. We managed to catch a few northerns and a few crappies, but no northerns over 2 pounds.

On Wednesday morning after the opener, as we came to our dock, we noticed two adult bass over a spawning bed. They were about 25 feet from the dock in 2 to 3 feet of water.

In and around the bed was a school of small bass 3 to 4 inches in length. I believe these would have been last year’s hatch.

Around the perimeter of the bed were sunfish, boldly making approaches toward the bed. I believe they wanted to feed on the eggs laid in the bed.

The male bass was very attentive to their approaches. You should have seen the flurry of activity when a sunfish approached! The whole school of small bass flashed and darted about as the big male attacked the intruder.

On top of that, to make it a little more interesting, there was a 12-inch northern lurking about 4 feet away from the bed. On and on went the activity. There was no let-up in the underwater battle. Unless observers were close enough and high enough, fishermen would have no clue of all the activity that was going on in the unseen world.

The scripture passage in Ephesians at the beginning of this column reminds me of the constant flurry of activity that goes on around the soul of every human being. We have an enemy that is interested in our destruction. Satan and his demons are very actively trying to devour (I Peter 5:8).

The believer has been given armor to take a stand against the devil’s schemes (Ephesians 6:11). We daily need to be in God’s Word or we forget about the unseen battle in which we are involved daily. God’s Word is what makes sense of what’s happening in this world.

If I hadn’t seen that bass bed and all that activity, I would have had no clue of what was going on under the water. God’s Word will keep you alert so you can watch and pray and be aware of the dangers all around you.