But catching all those fish was not the only thing that had happened that was so exciting. Some of you know of my mother and her amazing witnessing ability. She loves to share her faith with anyone who will listen. She is always passing out tracts, praying with and for people. Well, in years past, the fishing pier was a huge mission field for my mom. My parents would fish for hours and even days during the season. My mom had the most amazing ability to catch fish when no one else was catching them. This would often lead to a conversation of how she was catching so many fish. She was anxious at the opportunity to tell them that she prays for the fish...to catch them that is. Some of the other fisherman would walk off, scoffing at her, mumbling under their breath that she must be using some kind of special bait. She was...the Holy Spirit kind. lol
Well as the years passed, my dad as most you know, got sicker and sicker. Their pier days would finally come to an end. My mom would long to be back on the pier (with dad). This past week she got the chance. As we were fishing I notice a man beside me in great spirits. As he caught a fish here or there, he asked if we wanted them. That he was only catching for fun and didn't want to keep them today. We struck up a conversation. He was from Ohio, here on vacation. He said he comes each year. We went on to talk about fishing (realize my mom is to my left as I am talking to this man). I told him that if there are any fish in this ocean to be caught, my mom would catch them over anyone else. He then asked me something that left me speechless. He ask me if my mom was a woman named "Stella". I was like what? Yes, her name is Stella. He went on to say that years ago, my mom taught him how to fish for flounder. I said, well that is not all that she shared with you too, meaning the Lord. He said yes. He said, she could catch anything. She was so nice to me.
I then yelled to my mom and said, "Mom, this man said you taught him how to fish for flounder years ago." They both looked at each other in amazement. What are the odds folks. God is the odds. He is so good.
So what is the lesson in all of this...we have no idea what we are saying and doing and the impact it has on others in a good or negative way. My mom, doing what came naturally, shared what she knew about the Lord through fishing for fish while fishing for man.
I would just stand there in awe of my mom. She is a true example for us all. Despite her deep pain of the loss of my dad and having to start over in life, she continues to share who Christ is to her, whether it be on the pier at Dollar General or on the phone.
"Come, follow me," Jesus said, "and I will make you fishers of men."
Kris Swiatocho, Director
2664 Timber Drive, Suite 307, Garner, NC 27529
The enemy comes to steal, kill and destroy but I have come to give life to its fullest. John 10:10