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Oceans For Emotions: Things in life are either stumbling blocks or stepping stones

By By Elaine Wheat
May 24, 2013 at 12:24 a.m.


"God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding exceeding much, enlarged and largeness of heart, even as the sand that is on the seashore."

- I Kings 4:29

Do you know what a thrill an old teacher gets when she walks out to the mailbox and has graduation invitations from past students?

I got Jackie's and Trey's recently. Now, I am invited to two different graduation ceremonies in town, and I will be proud to attend.

I didn't teach Jackie and Trey the three R's. I just taught them swimming, tubing and how to enjoy the water.

It is a wonder Jackie will ever go in the water to swim again. On the first day she came over to my pool to swim when she was just a toddler, and after we had gotten all the children out of the pool, she somehow slipped away and toddled right back in.

Her Granny Jackie grabbed her out and brought her into the house. Aunt Mary and Elaine hugged her and said in unison, " Thank God for Granny Jackie."

The first time I kept Jackie and Trey together at the river, we were playing by the dam making bread balls so we could catch minnows. We put them in the baggies and saw who could catch the most. Doesn't everyone do that?

Trey was brokenhearted when I told him he had to throw his minnows back into the water at night. He asked me "Why?"

I said that someday you will come up here when you're a grownup, and you won't have any minnows if you don't throw them back now.

After graduation, Trey is aiming at becoming a game warden where he can enforce fishing and hunting laws. I wonder what the fine is for keeping too many minnows?

Jackie wants to become a registered nurse, saving others when they are threatened by the waves of pain that may wash over them. She will reach out her hand to them just like just like Granny Jackie reached out for her.

Dear Lord, help us to realize that the little things that happen in life will either be a stumbling block or stepping stone that will depend on the character of the walker. Help us realize that putting our trust in God is a character-building experience.

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