Oceans For Emotions: You can't outfaith God

March 31, 2011 at midnight
Updated March 31, 2011 at 11:01 p.m.

By Elaine Wheat

"Jesus saith unto him, 'Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: Blessed are they that have not seen and yet have believed.'"

- John 29

This is the next column that is being written during these 40 days that some people use to commemorate Jesus' death, burial and resurrection, and seek a renewal of their relationship with Him. I always write about fishing and God, but these articles are about putting God First and Fishing Second.

Last week's column was about how the apostles knew Jesus, so they left their nets and followed Him when he called them to do so. This time, let us think about it the other way around. Maybe Jesus called them on their spiritual journey because He knew them.

I've grown old thinking that I always needed my faith to grow so that I could follow Jesus and do His will. Maybe, just maybe, it was Jesus who had the faith in Elaine that let Him know that when He called her to write a spiritual fishing article that she would do it.

The whole idea of me stopping fishing to write anything is absolutely laughable. The lowest grades I ever got were in English classes. I've never had a journalism class. I had not ever read a hardback, nonfiction book until I read the book "Indianola" because it was about the place I fished, and I knew it must be short because the whole town blew away.

I do remember the first Bible verse I ever learned: "God is love." Maybe faith is like that, too. Faith, hope and love come from God, the scriptures tell us. I know I can't outfaith God just as surely as I know that I can't outfish God. No matter how many I catch, they are all His in the first place.

Dear Lord, I know that I am no theologian, so I'll just keep fishing knowing that by faith, I'll catch what I can. All I have to do is to have the faith to keep on casting.



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