(Feb. 12, 2014 - Jacksonville,TX)...
Man waits on nature.
I’m setting here thinking about it. I’m waiting on the annual sand (white bass) bass spawning run to happen. Can’t make it happen. I could cast a jig over and over in the Kickapoo, Neches or Sabine and unless nature has spawned the spawn, nothing would happen. BUT let whatever happens happen and bam, there they are and so mad at that jig they try to destroy it.
What does nature do to let the spawn happen? Nature has to be a combination of happenings so as not to mislead the fish but to frustrate me. Nature puts them together increasing temperature with warmer nights; increasing sunlight but cloudy days; water but just the right amount - to make the spawn happen. Each year the right combination is going to happen, just when? The strength of reproducing the species is a strong calling and with the sand bass, nature accommodates.
As an outdoorsman I hardly go out without consulting nature. Usually doesn’t keep me from going except in extremes but letting me know what I might expect.
So, I wait.
There are millions, no - unlimited, such happenings in nature. Coincidental? I don’t think so.
The humanist would probably say he lets nature happens. Nature’s been happening so long everything adapts to it - the environment, wildlife and man. Man would like to think nature is orchestrated by man like controlling the climate or saving all the species of life on the earth. How self-centered can man be? Nope, nature happens and is much more than man. If man was in control, we’d screw it up for sure. Man can’t control nature; nature controls man. We wait on it. (Just ask the Governor of Georgia).
I say nature is way bigger than man. The Apostle Paul in writing Romans said, "For the invisible things of him since the creation of the world are clearly seen, being perceived through the things that are made, even his everlasting power and divinity."
That’s nature. I’m not complaining about waiting on nature; I’m an outdoorsman. But I am waiting.
And I plan to check on the sand bass spawn on Friday with a report to follow.
Till we put in again,
-- Michael Banks, DDS
Friends of the Neches River
606 Brookside Drive
Jacksonville, Texas 75766