Oceans For Emotions: God is with you through good, bad times
..."The word of my lord the king shall now be comfortable: for as an angel of God, so is my lord the king to discern good and bad: therefore the LORD thy God will be with thee."
- 2 Samuel 14:17
In fishing, as in life, we find there are good and bad things. It so happens that this week, I found myself in the hospital for a brief stay, and therefore, I did not get to go to the beach, so I declared it a bad thing because I could not go fishing.
During the last three days, I realized that I went through a vast range of good and bad experiences. I had a very bad scare when my oxygen levels went low, and I felt some tightness in my chest. I looked to the heavens and said, "God be with me."
Next, an ambulance was called, and I found myself with three tall and very strong men around me. They were like angels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael to me. They were so strong, and yet they spoke with kind and comforting voices, and I knew in my heart that I was in good hands. I silently spoke to God saying "Thank you."
Once we arrived at the hospital, the doctors, nurses, staff and volunteers, including pastoral care, took wonderful care of all of my needs. They were definitely my answers to prayer.
I can honestly say that every person who I came into contact with was kind, caring, pleasant and encouraging. They were each like angels sent to me from God.
While sharing fish stories, nurse Katrina and I talked of scary fishing stories of getting stuck by large fish hooks and having to go to emergency rooms to get them removed.
Some shark stories were shared with a nurse, Loretta. She and her husband were on a pier and had caught a stringer full of fish. As they pulled up the stringer, they found only fish heads left and saw fins and teeth of sharks in the water.
I shared my story of wade fishing, and while reeling in a trout, a shark had hit my fish, and I reeled in only a small part of a keeper trout. Once again, as I scurried to land, I said "God help me!"
Dear Lord, I am so happy to say that on the third day, I felt a little bit like Lazarus, who had arose from the dead. Thank You for being with me through the good and bad times of my life.