I hope to catch a nice big salmon and then cook it and eat it with some good friends. Thinking about salmon, I am reminded of one of the mysteries about salmon. No one knows how it is that they are able to find their way back to the river or steam from which they came. Salmon have a very keen sense of smell and once they get near the right stream they can detect the distinctive odor of that stream. But out in the open ocean, thousands of miles away, it doesn't seem possible for them to know the location of the stream just from a faint odor diluted in the vastness of the Pacific Ocean. One of my university professors gave his opinion as to how the salmon are able to find their way home. He thought, they all get together and ask, "Which way do you think leads home?" They all point where they think home is located and the direction that most of them are pointing is the way they go. Then when they get closer to their stream, they pick up the odor and enter the stream from which they came. Once in the river, the salmon swim with a fierce determination to get to the good location to spawn. It shouldn't surprise us that the salmon are so smart since they spend almost their whole life in a school. God put within the salmon a deep desire to get home and also the ability to determine the direction and the strength to get there. I think that God has put within us a longing to come home. God made us for Himself and until we come home to Him there is within us an unfulfilled desire that only coming to faith will satisfy.