Jesus said to them, "Unbind him, and let him go." (John 11:44 NRSV)
William Marcus Cathey was a well-known and respected woodsman and hunter in Swain County, North Carolina, back in the 1800s. He became a guide for other outdoorsmen, and his instincts for finding game and fish were the stuff of legends. His reputation was such that politicians courted his favor, and Hollywood offered him movie roles. But Mark Cathey didn't want to leave his beloved Carolina woods. His greatest joy was being in the outdoors, fishing and hunting all day long. But evidently, Cathey found an even greater source of joy at some time in his life. For the great hunter and fisherman gave himself over to the Fisher of Men, as evidenced by the epitaph on his tombstone:

MARK CATHEY BELOVED HUNTER AND FISHERMAN WAS HIMSELF CAUGHT BY THE GOSPEL HOOK
JUST BEFORE THE SEASON CLOSED FOR GOOD

The greatest miracle in life is when a person who has been spiritually dead comes alive to Christ and the Master says, "Unbind him, and let him go."


Lord Jesus, unbind my heart. Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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