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Oceans For Emotions: Fear gets you down, faith picks you up

By By Elaine Wheat
Jan. 11, 2013 at midnight
Updated Jan. 10, 2013 at 7:11 p.m.

Elaine Wheat

"God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble."

- Psalms 46:1

Today, I had to admit that I had really bummed up my left leg.

That was not the medical term the doctor used, but when you have two legs, and the left one doesn't work, then you got a bummed-up left leg.

In order to stay submerged in sympathy, I told all of my friends about my unfortunate malady, and I found out from their replies that I have two different sets of friends. They all fall into one of two categories - non-fisher friends and fisher-friends. I love them both.

When I told my non-fisher friends about my mishap, they looked at me with saddened faces and whispered, empathetic replies. When my sympathetic non-fisher friends said these things, I felt like I had been hit by a wave and knocked down into the sea of depression.

My only nonfishing friends, Maryjean and Jimmy, also said, "We have some fish in the freezer; we'll give it to you since you can't go fishing. We can't have Wheat's sons coming home and not being able to have fried fish for supper. Only Maryjean and Jimmy knew me well enough to know how to help me.

They bought and brought me two large frozen bags of red snapper.

My fisher-friends responded differently. They were being kind, too, when they said, "Looks like you will have to sit around like the old people using a lawn chair until you get better."

"Quit griping and just fish under the pier for flounder."

"We will go fishing together. We'll drive the bait buckets down to the beachfront, and you sit there by them until I back the car up far enough that the high tide won't reach the car. I bet we both will limit out."

When my encouraging fisher-friends said these things, I felt another wave coming, one that lifted me up above the swells until I was riding the crest to The Island of Hope.

Dear Lord, thank You for letting me learn that fear gets you down and faith picks you up. Thank you for friends like Maryjean and Jimmy, who always come through when there is a need. Thank you also for my fisher-friends for giving me hope.

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