As I sit here the day before the first redfish tournament of the year, my mind is all over the place. From where to start fishing, what lure to start with, what is the weather going to do, and the 1,000 distractions that are running in my mind today.
I am comforted by John 14:17
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”
The world we live in goes 90 mph and it becomes very easy to get swept up in the commotion of it all. Trust me I am one of the worst about going, going, going till I hit a wall. Over the last year I have had to learn and then practice what it means to slow down. Even the quieter moments of life doesn’t mean we can always shut our brains down. Who can truly give us peace? It’s a simple answer: God. The answer may be easy, the faith to trust in Him can be challenging. If you get a chance, go read Hebrews 11, the author of Hebrews reviews many of the Old Testament stories and how their faith in God led them to do great things.
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. 2 We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith.[a] Because of the joy[b] awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.” Hebrews 12:1-2
Now lay your burdens down and follow God.
The hundreds of thoughts you have racing around in your mind rights now, lay them at the Lord’s feet. Invite Him to walk with you. Let Him give you the peace that you long for.
“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
As we are in the boat till launch time tomorrow at 6:28 am, I’ll be just as nervous/anxious/fidgety, but I shouldn’t be. God has this. Let God in the moment with you, let Him give you the peace.
Our most Gracious Heavenly Father, we come to you burdened with world troubles. We ask that you enter into our individual situations and give us peace. The bible teaches us that you alone can grant us peace from this world. Thank you for sending your son Jesus to the world, through His life, death, and resurrection, He taught us about the love and compassion you have for each and every one of us. We ask that you keep all the anglers safe tomorrow, along with their family and friends. In Jesus name we pray. AMEN
I would also like to say thank you to my wonderful bride, Ang. Love you