Oceans for Emotions: Catch and release is hard, but purpose is easy

Sept. 16, 2011 at 4:16 a.m.

By Elaine Wheat

"I know in whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I've committed unto Him against that day."

- 2 Timothy 1:12

Today, I caught the most beautiful fish I have ever caught. It was a picture-perfect catch, and it was mine, all mine.

My prize fish was long enough to be lawful, but not too long to be illegal.

My fish looked like it was created by God on one of his best days. Its dark dorsal side shown like new patent leather Sunday shoes while its soft underbelly was the color of clouds on a summer day. Its sides reminded me of a rainbow reflecting its variegated colors.

After a worthy struggle, as I held it upward like a golden trophy, I could feel its champion heart beating in my hands, its muscles quivering in response to my touch. Its gills flared red, as its mighty mouth gaped at the noxious poison air that it was forced to breathe.

My wonder fish turned its pleading eyes toward mine until they seemed to see somewhere into my soul. It took a while, but finally I came to the point where I was willing to let my prize fish go.

"Hey, fish, catch you later."

Dear Lord, "Catch and release" is hard, but it's purpose is easy. It's all about tomorrow.



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