We all face struggles in life. We all have hard times…..some more than others. “And this too shall pass,” I told myself many times the past 8 months. I don’t pretend to think that my troubles are any worse than anyone else’s. I just know that it has been the hardest 8 months of my life. So when do you see the light at the end of the tunnel? For me it happened a few weeks ago when my wife gave birth to our beautiful baby girl. When you look at new life it can give a new perspective. Here in my arms was Gods precious gift to our family. I don’t know how many of you have children but if you do, you can relate to that feeling of joy and happiness that can be overpowering. It didn’t take long till all of our troubles started to drop away from memory one by one.
There were two constants in my life during the past 8 months that helped me keep my sanity. Jesus Christ and the gift of fishing. I have no intention of “Saving” anyone who reads this. All I want to share is that; during this time of so much uncertainty, Jesus was always there. Fishing was a vehicle used to help me with my attitude and perspective. When I was frustrated and needed to get away, a fishing outing was what helped get my mind back on track. It’s fascinating to me that in a world where technology is suppose to make our lives easier we abandon it to find a sanctuary where life is clear and we can have some peace. For me it’s the outdoors, being in God’s creation, but specifically this summer it was in “The Ol’ Gill Gitter.” Is my life perfect? Far from it. Do all my problems go away? No, sometimes, maybe, yes. The reality of life is that it is a roller coaster. The real question that needs to be answered is when the roller coaster is out of control how do you manage to keep the right perspective? When I looked at my daughter for the first time I was reminded of how God has been taking care of my family and how he has helped me manage the difficult times. Some of the problems are still there but I don’t view them the as I did 8 months ago. When more problems come (and they will come) there will be more prayer and fishing outings. Life has a lot of highs and lows. How you handle life starts with your perspective.