I went fishing last Wednesday and caught a few shad that I put back into the water. A man was there with his black lab. He was straight-line fishing and had four brim on a stringer. He moved to the boat dock and caught another one that he laid on the dock then put his line back in the water. The fish was flopping around and his dog went to it and pushed it with his nose until the fish fell off the dock. “That’s my supper!” the man screamed. Then he moved down to where a tree overhung the river. He climbed out on the tree and let his line down and caught another one. This one was larger, and he threw it to the bank. Well, the fish was flopping and the dog started to push it with its nose. “No, you don’t!” the man yelled as he got off the tree, slipped in the mud, but saved his fish. He caught one more before he left with six fish on his stringer. As he walked past me, slushing with wet mud, he said, “Next time, I’m leaving Jojo at home!” Fishing is good entertainment!
I like things in their place. When they are moved, I have a hard time finding them. The other day I went into the refrigerator to get the almond milk. What I grabbed was the water jug. I stared for a minute looking for the almond milk. There it was, on the left side. It’s supposed to be on the right! Our refrigerator is hard enough to see what’s inside. I have to bend down low to get a really good view.
I’ve made it a habit to put things back where I keep them. If something stops me from completing my task, I cannot find what I was using. I guess as I get older things will be even harder to find. I know where all my fishing tackle is located!
On Sunday Badona and I went to Midlothian to visit someone who is having a hard time. Our visit was great, but it reminded us that we shouldn’t take our health for granted. On the way back home we stopped at Walmart to pick up eleven things. We got in the 20 or Less Items checkout line. The two ladies in front of us had more than twenty things and a large stack of coupons. (Another reason why I don’t like shopping.) The man in line behind me noticed and was talking loudly about how things need to change in this world. (We know that that won’t happen until Jesus returns.)
Finally we finished checking out, and the man behind us put his seven things onto the counter. We began walking towards the exit when we saw lots of people running out of the store. One man was yelling to someone, “Put the stuff down and come out!” Just then the loud speaker announced that all customers and Walmart employees needed to exit the building immediately. We didn’t know what was happening and asked an employee at the door what was going on. He said, “Code Blue; bomb threat! Everyone leave the store!” I hope the man in the checkout behind us was able to get checked out. He had waited a long time! It was a madhouse getting out of the parking lot and lots of cars were still driving in. Walmart lost a lot of customers that day. This is the first bomb threat I’ve ever been in. Badona heard on the late-night news that it took the Hanover Sheriff’s deputies and canines three hours to determine that the store was safe and found nothing. As we were leaving, we saw a friend of ours who worked in Walmart. She was on her break when this happened. She had a long break!
Being content with what we have is very important to a happy life. Really, the more things you have, the more time you spend taking care of them. There is no reason to spend money on things to impress others. One of my fishing friends died recently. He really enjoyed the simple life as I do. He loved the outdoors, hunting, fishing, and feeding wildlife. He was really into God’s second book, Nature.
More people would be happier if they weren’t in debt. It’s a good feeling; but the world teaches that the more things you have, the happier you will be. But that happiness doesn’t last. The Bible is clear (that’s God’s first book). In Hebrews 13:5 it says, “Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things you have. For God Himself said, ‘I will never leave you or forsake you.’” God will supply all of our needs and extras—like a fishing hobby!