Oceans For Emotions: Patience is a virtue

By Elaine Wheat
Oct. 25, 2013 at 5:25 a.m.

Elaine Wheat

Elaine Wheat

"Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him."

- Psalms 37:7

I learned lately from my fishing friend, Laurie, that to catch redfish, you have to have patience. Since my broken neck is not yet healed, I am having to fish vicariously through my fishing friends.

To make me feel better, my fishing friends are mistakenly getting in touch with me to share their fishing stories to make me feel better. But it just makes me sea-green with envy.

Laurie and her husband, Ronnie, decided to go fishing with her sister, Amy, and her husband and kids for Amy's birthday. They could not wait for the cold front to come in Saturday night in anticipation of good fishing the next morning.

Laurie was awake early, and although it was cold, windy and raining outside, she decided to beat the others to the punch and cast her lines into the water. She used croaker and live crab for bait. Laurie waited patiently and had had no luck at first but soon caught a 12-inch red she had to throw back.

Her family then decided to join her. By 4 p.m. that day, they had caught a 26-inch and 20-inch redfish. They kept their reels set, waiting for them to go off, but because they were using crab, the fish really didn't seem to jerk the lines too hard. As they fished patiently, they soon caught a 23-inch and 24-inch red.

My fishing friends had to keep close eyes on their pole and watch for the direction of the fishing lines. When they saw that the fishing lines were moving in the opposite direction of the wind, they realized they had a fish on. Amy soon caught a 27-inch redfish on her birthday.

I just can't wait until I see my neurosurgeon; hopefully, he will release me to fish again.

Dear Lord, thank You for teaching me about patience. God, I have learned about patience and now, I hope to go to my beach enjoy another "Oceans for Emotions!"



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