Elaine Wheat is a faith columnist for the Victoria Advocate.

Editor’s note: On Dec. 28, 2018, Elaine crossed over to that Eternal Shore and her family, friends and readers are missing her. The Advocate is reprinting Elaine’s articles.

“And He saith unto them, follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. And they straightway left their nets and followed him.” – Matthew 4:19-20

Yesterday, I got to go to the beach. At first, my fishing friend and I spent some time catching bait with cast nets.

Then, I spent my time casting out and watching my line while periodically looking down for coral and interesting shells. I loved the feel of the crispy, cool sand and the sights of shiny shells and a couple of tiny coral.

As I heard the seagulls’ sounds and watched them soar and swoop down, touching the water, I saw they were diving for small fish.

The waves lapped in a lovely rhythm, lulling me into a relaxing and mesmerizing state of mind. This is when I felt God’s presence the most and enjoyed another “Oceans for Emotions.”

Sometimes, I picture myself being one of Jesus’ disciples on the shore, and I think to myself, “How would I feel and react if Jesus came to me on the beach and said to ‘put down your nets, Elaine, and come follow Me?’”

I am amazed by and admire Jesus’ disciples, and I am praying that I, too, in my everyday life, can live in such a way to be a true follower of Christ and a fisher of men.

Dear Lord, as life deals me tremendous trials and tribulations, let me continue to tromp through them and triumph over them with our Lord by my side every step of the way. And, my Lord, could you please let me find a few more pieces of coral in between catching some keeper trout, reds or flounder.

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