No Fishing!

by Sheri Schofield

Some people are born with a gift of understanding technology, math, science and balancing their checkbooks. But me? No. Not so much. All my gifts are on the creative side—art, music, writing, painting, etcetera. Those are the things that fulfill me. Fortunately, my husband excels in the things which I don’t. This has allowed each of us to focus on what we consider fun.

One of my fun pursuits was writing music. I wrote musicals, songs for the kids in my class at church, and songs for our worship team. Then something crushed the music out of my heart. Though I was still able, with some intense effort, to write children’s music, I was unable to write adult Christian music for about eighteen years.

I had a wounded spirit. The memory of that pain haunted me. One day God showed me the cause of my crushed spirit: I had not completely forgiven those who had hurt me. It was as though I had received a splinter in my heart and had not removed it, so it festered. There was a hidden bitterness inside.

It was then I remembered a poster quoting Corrie ten Boom, who had been imprisoned in a WW2 Nazi concentration camp. She said, “When God forgives, He forgets. He buries our sin in the sea and puts a sign on the shore saying, ‘No Fishing Allowed.’”[1]

The Lord told me I was cherishing the blame of those offenses. I needed to let them go. I must not just forgive, but I must also put up a “No Fishing” sign at the door to my memory.

I made that choice. The feeling of cleansing was wonderful! When someone reminded me of a painful incident inflicted on me by a long-time offender, I mentally pulled up that “No Fishing” sign in my brain and refused to think about it. I forgave, chose to forget, and moved on.

Shortly afterward, I asked God to restore music to my heart. A couple of weeks passed. Then one morning as I was driving into town, God unexpectedly put a complete song in my heart! I had no paper on which to write, so I pulled into a store, bought a notebook, and returned to my car. There in the parking lot, I wrote down the music and words to a new adult Christian worship song. I had been set free.

Paul addressed a similar problem in Philippi. Two godly women, Euodia and Syntyche, were battling over something in their church. We don’t know their specific issue, but haven’t most of us been there? We get involved in a work for Jesus, then we can’t agree on how to do it! Churches have split over differences of opinions in decorating, or over who sings what songs on Sunday,

Paul wrote to the warring women: “Now I appeal to Euodia and Syntyche, Please, because you now belong to the Lord, settle your disagreement. And I ask you, my true partner, to help these two women, for they worked hard with me in telling others the Good News,” (Philippians 4:2,3 NLT).

Later in the same chapter, Paul told that church, “Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise…Then the God of peace will be with you,” Philippians 4: 8, 9, (NLT).

When we work it out, forgive and forget, we receive inner healing.

As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us, Psalm 103:12 (NIV).


[1] Corrie ten Boom, Tramp for the Lord, Revell Co. Publication, 1974.

This article is brought to you by the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association (AWSA).

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About the author: Sheri Schofield is an award-winning children’s author-illustrator and children’s ministry veteran of 40 years. Sheri was named Writer of the Year in 2018 at the Colorado Christian Writers’ Conference for her work in effectively sharing the gospel of Jesus. Her ministry, Faithwind 4 Kids, can be followed on her blog at her website, http://www.sherischofield.com. Questions welcomed!

FREE CHILDREN’S PROGRAM! Author/Children’s Bible teacher, Sheri Schofield, offers a free series of video lessons about Jesus and His salvation—for children ages 4 and up. It is available at her website www.sherischofield.com. In this video series, Walk-The-Talk Island, Sheri presents her award-winning book The Prince and the Plan, in 24 video lessons for your children, grandchildren and any others with whom you wish to share. In addition, Campfire provides devotions for children.

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One thought on “No Fishing!

  1. Thank you Sheri for reminding us of an essential element of our walk with Christ and others.

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