Often times in life doors of opportunity will open, but how do you know to go through them? I think we all struggle with this. Is it just myself thinking I should take that next step, or is it really God telling me I should? When a door closes and then a new one reopens again and again, I think it's a good idea to take a chance and see what road it takes you on. I say this because in my God has worked in mysterious ways. He'll sometimes whisper ideas and or thoughts to me as I draw close to him to listen. he'll put something on my heart months after I last thought about the idea. My heart has been humbled this past year to live a life after Jesus. Why? Because i've failed miserably and been down in the dumps trying to figure out why I was so depressed. My answer... God wasn't present in my life, I was all about me and thought I could get through life on my own. Don't get me wrong, I still struggle even with God being present now, but I can't imagine my life without him in it. Waiting on the Lord and putting my trust in him has given me new strength, joy and confidence to take on the present day. As I pressed on, who would have thought God would put together an amazing adventure for me that would come from Instagram! Below is the video of my trip and below that is more to the story.
I've always wanted to travel somewhere out of state to fly fish. Alaska, Florida, Patagonia, and or the BC have all been my dream locations to go. I had been researching, looking at Instagram pictures, and also calling around to guide companies for pricing on a trip. Everything I was looking at seemed too expensive or just wouldn't workout with my vacation time. I was anxious for a vacation. I hadn't had time to myself away from work in a long time. Ok so here is what happen! I like to check out fly fishing pictures on Instagram. It's great to see the different types of fish and areas this world has to offer in the fly fishing world. Somehow I came across @bsith3491. I was intrigued with his love for fishing, but most of all the way he gave God the credit. i don't know how it happen, but we became friends just from liking and commenting on each others photos. Soon after that I got the invite from him to come up and fish in Missoula, Montana whenever I wanted. Free room and board. Free transportation. No guide service. Just a $300 plane ticket and I was set! At first I was back and forth on the idea, but as time went on I felt on my heart that I should really go! So I did.
Febuary 17th 2014 at 6:00am I was at the Medford, OR Airport ready to fly out! The plane ride was smooth. No delays. I had arrived! My feet stood still on Missoula, MT soil. I was here. The snow caped mountains were all around me as I took my first step out of the airport doors to meet a taxi to my hotel for the first night. It felt good to breath in some good mountain air. From then on it was all about fishing and best yet a trip centered on God.
I met Brandon for the first time that night as he picked me up from my hotel. We headed to a local fly shop to get my fishing license and then headed to a local food joint for a burger. Here we told of our lives and how we came to know the Lord. There is something neat about getting together with another Christian brother and talking about God and how eh's changed our life. Testimony's are powerful. Knowing i'm not the only screw up, and being able to relate to another christian brother humbles the heart giving it strength instead of doubt and weakness in the faither. There was always a hole in my heart that only God could fill. Once I fiture this out, it seems life has really bloomed full of blessings... including this trip! I like the verse, " I am the vine; you're the branches. if you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing" (John 15:5) Good reminder for all of us. And for me it's true. before I tryly gave my hear to the Lord to work in my life, I was so back in forth in sin. I still am! But God gives us grace that I can then rest in. I say all this because this trip has opened my eyes to the greatness of God. I know I came to Montana to get a large dose of God. Yes the fish was great, but looking back the time spent at church and with other Christian brothers was the most rewarding part and why I was there.