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A Seagull Surprise

My husband has loved the sport of fishing as long as I have known him. He was taught to fish when he was young by his grandparents. Now I go fishing, too.

Last weekend was season opening and of course we had to try our luck. We were blessed to have our daughter and her family join us. Her husband is an experienced fisherman and adds to the fun. Our two granddaughters, 8 and 10, each with their own fishing poles, were excited to come along as well. In spite of the fact that we couldn’t get any bites, we were having a glorious time.

There were many seagulls, both in the air and on the water. They, and a beautiful large brown eagle, kept us entertained as we patiently waited for something to take our hook. Their presence prompted a memory that our kids have heard many times.

Over 40 years ago when we were dating, my husband and I were fishing on a nearby lake. It was a beautiful day. We were enjoying the peaceful surroundings, our lines dangling over the sides of our small rented rowboat. The water was still. All was quiet except for an occasional seagull as it flew by. After quite some time had passed, my husband commented that since we weren’t catching any fish, maybe he should catch a seagull instead. Jokingly, he cast his line towards a bird that was in flight. To our surprise, Boom! Down it came!!!

Laughing in amazement as young people do, we reeled the poor fella in. Setting him free with no injury to either party, we decided we couldn’t do that again, even if we tried. Of course we never did!

As the story of our past adventure ended, there was a commotion from the front of the boat. My husband had cast his line just when a seagull was flying low overhead. Boom! Down it came! Shocked and standing in disbelief, we carefully maneuvered the gull within our reach. Our son-in-law, putting his gloves on, held the startled bird as our daughter gingerly removed the line from his wing. In spite of the squawking and biting, he wasn’t hurt a bit. He was, however, highly insulted. Then away he flew with the rest of his friends, as they complained loudly about what we had done.

While we didn’t catch any fish that day, we certainly caught a surprise! Who would have guessed when we plucked the first seagull out of the air 43 years ago, that later we would have a daughter, a wonderful son-in-law and two granddaughters, catch one with us again. Instead, we have a memory that will last forever. A story our family will tell and retell every time we go fishing and there are seagulls in the air.

Life with God is always exciting. We may have our own ideas about a fishing trip, but when we walk with Jesus, we never know who, how many, or even what it is that we will catch! Still, we can trust in Him, and that it will be even better than we hoped.

As we cast our lines into life’s waters, may we reel in exactly what He has planned for us!

Luke 5:4-7 NKJV When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.”But Simon answered and said to Him, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.” And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking. So they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink.

Matthew 4:19 KJV 1And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.

Ephesians 3:20 NKJV 20 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,

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