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Oceans For Emotions: Worship God in your own way

By By Elaine Wheat
April 5, 2013 at midnight
Updated April 4, 2013 at 11:05 p.m.


Trust in the Lord and lean not unto your own understandings. In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy paths.

- Proverbs 3:5-6

My best fishing friend (BFF) and I were talking about the funniest fishing memory we've ever had.

We had done all of our Easter services for church, so we decided to go down and fish on Easter day. We promised each other that between 1-3 p.m., we would not fish or talk. We would concentrate on what our Lord had done for us that we still celebrate and appreciate at Easter time.

Our Lord had died on the cross, was buried but rose again, so we had plenty of things to thank him for.

I put down my rod and reel and sat in my lawn chair next to Old Blue, the fishing van like we had promised to do. We had been fishing in the surf at Port Aransas, and I yelled at my BFF, "It's time to get out of the surf and concentrate on our religious things."

About that time, I saw Mary, my BFF, set the hook and catch a good one in the first gut. She put the rod and reel over her shoulder, waded to the first bar and knelt down and started praying.

I could see a good-sized wave coming up behind her, but I knew she couldn't hear me in the surf, so all I could do was sit and watch. As Mary was kneeling down in the surf to pray, that wave hit her very hard in the back, and her bowed head went tumbling through the surf, and she kept hanging on to her rod and reel with the fish on the other end.

Finally, when she had found her feet, she came struggling out dragging a big old golden croaker and sat down in the sand by "Old Blue" and said, "I think I'll just sit here on the sand and pray."

Dear Lord, I hope my laughter didn't interrupt my prayer time, but Lord, I think I may have heard you laughing, too. Thank you for letting us all worship You in our own way.

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