Boating by Night

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My brother-in-law is an expert fisherman. I’m not. Once in a blue moon, we used to get together at his camp on Toledo Bend and go fishing. I love to just get out and enjoy the scenery. He likes that too. But mostly he wants to catch fish!

Several years ago we went fishing after dark. Glen had this Bass Cat with a 200 hp engine that can go about 70. And we were doing all of that after dark on Toledo Bend!

Thirty years or so ago, the corps dammed the Sabine River to supply water and power to East Texas and western Louisiana. The flood waters engulfed the valleys of the Piney Woods creating the largest man-made lake in Texas. The pine trees it flooded are still in the process of decay. Which makes for great fishing and treacherous boating.

When the lake is down, the surface of the water looks like a forest of short dead trees. When the lake is up, as it was this night, the tips of the trunks lurk dangerously below the surface like huge spikes ready to impale any careless boater.

The natives around the lake had mapped out lanes through the submerged forests with two inch PVC pipes. They put reflective tape on top of the pipes.

So here we are flying across the surface of submerged bayonets with only the moon and a q-beam to light the way. Way in the distance, ever so often, the powerful spotlight reflects off of a tiny white pole. We sped toward that pole. I gripped the rail scared to death.

I kept reminding myself, he’s been on this lake all his life. He knows what he’s doing. Quit worrying and enjoy the ride.

It might sound strange but that night the thought occurred to me, “This is the way life is.” Sometimes you feel like you are speeding through dangerous waters in the dark. At any minute your boat could hit a mine and down you go. What do you need? A strong light and a good guide. And God has provided both. His Word is light.

Psalms 119:105 states, “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”

His Holy Spirit is your guide.

John 16:13 says, “when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth. . .

You have everything you need. There’s no cause for concern. He knows what he’s doing. Enjoy the ride.

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