By: Ely Lagajino
Listen to counsel and accept discipline, that you may be wise the rest of your days …the counsel of the Lord will stand. Proverbs 19:20, 21 (NASB)
It was my first experience to join a team of bangus fish harvesters. During high tide we pulled up the gate of the water entrance so that new salt water could enter the fish pond. The bangus attracted by the current, rushed into the catching area. Then we closed the water entrance and the main pond outlet. At low tide we opened the gate again so water flowed back to the river. Then we started harvesting. After gathering the fish wedrained all the water from the pond.
To my surprise there were still a lot of fish trapped in the mud. We gathered them one by one. The regular workers advised me to wear a set of protective gear: a specialized hat,goggles plus a jacket as defense from the flying fish, but I ignored the advice. I didn’t believe it was possible. “How could fish without wings fly?” I murmured.
When we got down the pond, the fish went high jumping one after the other. I escaped from the first frontal attack of some baby bangus. My companions started laughing, but when a half kilo father bangus flew on my blind side it hit my face and knocked me down into the mud. Only then did I realize the importance of the protective gear and the experts’ advice.
Water from the Jordan River parted when the feet of the priests carrying the Ark of the Covenant touched the water. The priests stayed at the center of the river as the Israelites passed through the dry river bed. The Bible does not mention any fishes being trapped but God commanded Joshua to select one representative from each tribe to gather stones, rather than fishes at the place where the priests stood. They brought the stones to the next camping site to serve as a monument for the next generation about the great miracle of God’s deliverance. The Israelites safely passed though the Jordan River; no crocodiles, no flying fishes. As soon as the priests crossed, the river flowed back to its usual activity.