To start, I should impart some wisdom I’ve learned from my husband’s fishing:

  1. There is no such thing as too much equipment.
  2. Live bait in the fridge is perfectly acceptable – until the container gets knocked over.
  3. Just smile when he says, “Women want me, fish fear me.”
  4. Dollar General – even one in a lake town – does not carry fishing poles. But they do carry Hand Warmers…in August…in Texas.
  5. Pray!!!

Number 5 is a new one.

This last weekend the Howells trekked out to “Asher and Emme’s Lakehouse” (as Micah calls it) to spend time with several of our friends and their families.  It’s a children’s paradise: wave runners, ATVs, golf carts, swimming pools, a pirate ship playground, dogs running wild, a walk-in pantry with every high-fructose corn syrup snack made to man, and fishing.

Barrett particularly enjoys fishing with Micah.  She follows him down to the dock, excited at the possibility of catching a “shark, snake, or hippopotamus.” She’s 4, plus, fishing with Barrett, there’s typically as much of a chance of catching a hippopotamus as a fish.

But this weekend was different.

Jeff, one of Barrett’s good friends, lost his 45th birthday watch while on the wave runner. DOOH! He knew he lost it somewhere close to the dock, but the chances of finding it were zilch, zero, zippo, nil, nada. He found a scuba diver that would come out for several hundred dollars an hour, but even that guy couldn’t make it until the next day.

Jeff stood completely defeated while Barrett and Micah “fished” for Jeff’s watch – out of solidarity.

Meanwhile up at the pool, the moms giggled at how silly our men were: Jeff wading for the watch and Barrett trolling his line for it.  It’d been 3 hours. There was NO way they were finding that watch.

But no sooner had we moved on to a much more interesting topic – like how I was chased and poked in the eye by a Scooby-Doo Mylar balloon last week – than I saw Micah jumping up and down. Then Jeff ran over to Barrett and embraced him in a huge man hug.  Then another man hug.  And they made eye contact! Jeff’s wife and I looked at one another, “Uh, what’s going on?”

Jeff’s birthday watch.

Barrett had fished Jeff’s watch out of the lake.  Really.  Our initial unbelief turned into astonishment when we heard the story unfold. Apparently, Jeff prayed for the impossible.  He said he prayed that he would either find the watch OR have peace about losing it.  Then, two minutes later, Barrett fished it out of a muddy 30-foot-deep lake.

You could feel the weight of sincerity bearing down on Jeff and Barrett as they explained what happened— almost as if they were pondering the meaning behind this miracle.

It’s just a watch, why?

I don’t know, maybe it’s as simple as God reminding us that he cares about us and wants to bless our everyday lives. Maybe Jeff’s faith allowed it to happen. …Or maybe God just wanted to leave an entire group of loudmouths speechless!

Whatever the reason, cue the cheesy inspirational music and brilliant life-changing quote!

Above all else, know this:  Be prepared at all times for the gifts of God and be ready always for new ones.  For God is a thousand times more ready to give than we are to receive. – Meister Eckhart

Jeff Watch