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Everybody Remembers Their First Fish

A few years ago, we amassed a team of high school students to tackle a 50-mile canoe trip through the heart of the Adirondacks. Most of the students were from our immediate area here in upstate New York, but we had one student joining us who was from out of state. I’m always eager to meet the students who decide to join one of our adventure trips while only knowing maybe one other team member. I think it takes a lot of courage and I’m always impressed with their ability to handle all the unknowns.

As soon as Angela arrived at our meeting place I knew she was going to be a perfect fit with our group. We made the introductions and began the two-hour drive north to the entry point for our trip.

A few things really stood out during that trip. The crazy amount of rain we endured was legendary. We also had some truly amazing fishing! In between the downpours, we made the most of the dry-ish weather and fished up and down the river banks. When Angela reeled in the first fish she had ever caught in her life, I’m not sure who was more excited- me or her!

Like every Shiloh’s Edge adventure trip the evening talks around the campfire are dedicated to sharing God’s love that He has for each one of us. This love is so big!  The verse found in Ephesians 3:18 explains this in these words, “may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is.”

Those are powerful words to hold onto when you’re in the middle of your teenage years.

Although our group eventually had to say to goodbye to Angela as she headed home, I’m hopeful that message she heard on that trip is still in her memory. After all, nobody forgets the trip where they caught their first fish.

-Steve Prettyman

*Names have been changed