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Many years ago, some friends and I would go fishing in the Tennessee River when I was stationed there in the Marine Corps. There were 4 of us and we took 2 flat bottom ????????aluminum boats each time we went. One friend of mine had a motor on his, but mine, actually a friend, didn’t have an engine. We would go after the sun went down and anchor upstream from the rough water. We then could cast our fishing rods downstream and we would always catch fish.

This one particular time though it was dark and the only way to tell how close we were to those rough shoals was to listen for the water as it ran swiftly over the rocks. As my luck would have it and as you might have guessed, I got my boat too close to those rough waters, and we took off like a speedboat down the river in the dark holding on for dear life. My friend that was with me was kind of a panicky guy anyway and began to yell to the top of his lungs, “I can’t swim and I’m going to die…help, help!” Our friends in the other boat had his engine running and trying to throw us a line but failed, the whole time laughing their lungs up.

Therefore, being much, much younger than I am today I stepped out of the boat thinking I could rescue my buddy by dragging him to safety. I stepped out of the boat and the water was only about 3 feet deep. My friend was still padding with an oar, throwing water about 10 feet high and barely missing my head with each stroke. I held on to the boat until our friends in the other boat threw us a line.

We all have been through deep water in our lives as in trials, troubles, sickness or death of a loved one. Many times, it seems our feet don’t touch the bottom, but if we have faith “it shall not overflow thee.” Sometimes we think we are in deep water and we are going to drown, but when we step out on faith, we find the water is only 3 feet deep.

Usually we don’t realize this until many days or years past the event but if we have faith, we will always know that all will be okay.

Thine own wish, I wish each for thee!

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