Oceans For Emotions: You will reap what you sow

By Elaine Wheat
Jan. 4, 2013 at midnight
Updated Jan. 3, 2013 at 7:04 p.m.

Elaine Wheat

Elaine Wheat

"He that observeth the wind shall not sow, and he that regardeth the clouds shall not reap."

- Ecclesiastes 11:4

After all of my friends and family left when Christmas and New Year's were over, my house seemed awfully empty.

On this wintry day, I observed the blustering winds and the threatening clouds. It was just too cold to go get groceries for the week, shop in the mall, take in a movie or return Christmas items that still didn't fit, even after that diet. It was smart to stay indoors and cuddle up with something good, like a book.

Then, I remembered the scripture for today and rationalized that if all I did was observe the winds and clouds, I would not reap or sow anything. So, I went fishing.

I think I was the only one in South Texas that had reached the realization that when it is too cold to do what you don't like to do; it is not too cold to do what you like to do. Good thinking, right?

I had a wonderful fishing day. I was the only customer at the bait shop, so everyone waited on me. There was plenty of live bait, and the bait guy even loaned me an extra bait bucket so I could buy more. Now, wasn't that nice?

A boy on a four-wheeler offered to drive my splashy buckets to the water so I wouldn't get my car soaked. In appreciation for his gentlemanly ways, I didn't pay any attention as he was driving away saying something or other about "silly woman." I think that's a song, maybe.

I fished out there beside my sea all bundled up and in total solitude the only sights and sounds being those the sea gives off. It is nice being the only guest at the party, and God really did it up right. He got up early and polished the sea for me. He even used his best silky, sea-green table cloth, the one with the frothy edges. I feasted alone under a cloud-covered dome and was entertained by the seagulls singing their version of the hallelujah chorus.

A little duck provided the comic relief by diving under the waves and making me guess where and when he would reappear. That duck seemed to actually smile at me. I know he smiled at me, for I was the only one in attendance.

I had one of the best fishing days I've had in years, even though I didn't catch a fish.

Dear Lord, thank You for letting me sow and reap exactly what I needed to refill the hole in my soul. I came home with an empty ice chest but with a fuller heart. Good way to start this new year, right, God?



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