Sunday, September 4, 2011

Solo Island Flight

It started with the New Door…I wanted to bless Tom and Kim for all the hard work put into the door…I had already planned the trip to the Island…and told them about it…I guess it sparked an interest in Tom as a pilot to fly in on an Island on a grass strip and fulfill his teenage dream of being alone on an Island with 3 women!

I can't explain the emotion I was feeling while thinking of flying to the Island without Mell…but again…something I had really wanted to do again…one of those hard things...missing the beauty & the memories of seeing the Island from far off and trying to find the Barbour River…I could hear Mell…"Find the River…Follow it down...see…there's the Island!"See that's Sapalo Sound" Then the beauty of all the other Rivers and creeks...smelling the spell of the mud and salt air…it's just an amazing sight…nothing you could ever imagine…

There was fire on Sapalo Island …we could see the smoke…the fire had caught Barbour Island on fire too…which was under control but still smoldering…

It was good to see the plane sitting in our back yard! What peaceful memories it brought back!

I can remember Mell saying to me "It sure is good to have someone to help me here" I can say
that its a lot of work at the Island by yourself…and it was wonderful to have all the help from my friends…Tom, Kim and Debbie! Debbie and Kim got to throw their first cast net…not bad for a lst throw!

We were at the Marina and I was talking with John from the Island and we looked up and Tom was hanging from the hoist…John said " I can honestly say I have never seen anyone do that before !" So we could say about Tom…He flew to an Island with 3 women…he caught rays…sharks and other fish…fought fires and hung himself from a hoist! What a man!

I got to really fish out on the boat and Tom taught me a lot about fishing and boating…
I hooked the big one and the chase was on….that ray…we think…took that boat all over the
river and then dug in at the oyster bar and decided to relax and have a drink…he broke the line and I never saw the"Big One" that got away…

Isn't that like Life…sometimes life brings battles we didn't ask for…the fight can be hard but we must endure…I can say…that ray gave me a hard fight but I did endure to the end…and I did not receive my reward…I didn't even see it…again…like life…its faith in Jesus Christ…faith…something we cannot see…but like the ray…I knew I had something big on my line…Tom, Kim or Debbie could have said" there's nothing on your line" but I wouldn't have believed them …I knew something big was there…I just believed without seeing…by faith…I knew something was down there…Believing in Christ is like that…They could have said " oh its just a ray..cut the line" People will try to steal your fish…your belief in a savior…when things go bad…just keep believing …don't give up...I wanted to fight the good fight and finish the race that I had started…catch the fish...God began a good work in me and it was not finished when Mell died…Mell finished his good work…and will receive his reward…but mine is yet to come! I must press on, fight and endure to the coming of my Lord …. where there will be no more pain…

Hebrews 12

1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

I refuse to lose heart and give up in this life…what about you?

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