When you get more than one Tern in a group, you get a committee of Terns. From watching this committee of Common Terns work, I think they got a lot more done than most committees I’m familiar with. As a group, the birds looked more like a swarm as they fished a South Texas estuary on Mustang Island, hovering above the water prior to making a less than graceful plunge. Despite the lack of diving style, they appeared to be pretty good at fishing given the high percentage of successful dives.
When Jesus Christ was recruiting disciples, He chose four fishermen to join His ranks, Andrew, Peter, James and John. I have not found any rationale spelled out in the Bible that explains why fishermen were selected, but it seems to me that their work ethic and daily routine would provide the foundational behaviors needed to do the job. The best fishing is often in the very early and very late portion of the days, thus fisherman would be used to working long days. In a time before refrigeration, fish couldn’t be stored for any significant length of time, therefore it was a daily chore to provide fresh catch everyday. And as any fisherman knows, fishing often calls for both patience and perseverance. Jesus said, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men” Matt 4:19. Today He still seeks us to be fishers of men, that we might help others obtain the saving grace that Christ offers.