THE BIGGEST FISH

Bob Ball, my guide of guides in Forks, Washington, and I floated the Sol Duc River. It was my second cast…bobber down, a mild uptake on my rod, the river splashed, then exploded and the battle was on. A beautiful fresh winter steelhead, brighter than bright. Released because it was a wild/native steelhead. The day continued and the bobber-down happened six more times. Ah, seven’s a good number.

Then the next day, Zorba [Oregon’s best steelhead and salmon guide] joined me for our 5th annual fishing adventure with Bob. We fished two rivers, the Bogeschiel and the Calawah. A number of bobber-downs and fish released. It then happened. The preface to “it happened” is I’ve fished for winter steelhead for over 50 years. Toward the end of our float on the Calawah, my bobber-down happened. The hook was set and the battle on. ALMOST at the very same moment Zorba’s bobber-down happened. Two fish on at the same time…a DOUBLE. We landed both…here’s the picture. I’m the guy with the Indiana Jones hat, a little seasoned, but hey, it joins me whenever casting. Worth the fifty years’ wait.

A third day fishing a different river with Ray Vermillion. I wished his drift boat were an ark. The rain came down, then the wind, rain coming sideways. No bobber downs, but being soaked was our reality. Then, about to finish, a tad…all right a big TAD—early, the bobber dipped, fish on! It was a beautiful “low-teener” steelhead, somewhere in the 14-pound range. Netted and released. What a three days.

Returned home to catch the joy of the BIGGEST FISH EVER.

Told Diane the same…it happened this morning. All about Jason. He’s gotten all the tubes removed, the trach opening has healed as has his stomach tube. Eating actual food, on a weight-gain diet [Ah, I commit the sin of envy…and can forgive myself, a pastoral privilege that comes with ordination!!!]. This morning it was the BIGGEST FISH…the picture below takes the cake, so to speak. Jason getting ready, with some help, of course, to take those steps into his future. THAT’S more important than river therapy, it really is. Thank you, God, for fish and guides and Washington rivers. But, even more thank you for Diane and Jason and YOUR HEALING PRESENCE. YES!!!!

A couple of pictures to illustrate the affirmations:

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About Mark H Miller

Diane and I live in Leander, Texas. This past June 17, 2015 I celebrated the 49th anniversary of my ordination. We returned to Texas after three years in Washington, during which I served as interim minister in Bellevue/Eastgate and Mercer Island. Am planning to begin a 5th novel that will have my protagonist, Tricia Gleason, serve a year in licensed ministry in Snoqualmie, Washington. The novel, "The Lemon Drop Didn't Melt," will find Tricia wrestling with ministry challenges. None of which more daunting than someone wanting her breathing to stop. All the published novels are available on Amazon and Amazon Kindle under Mark Henry Miller. A primary goal in our return to Texas is to make sure grandchildren get lots of attention--here and in Chicago and Washington, D.C. Traveling is definitely an activity that will not slow down. With that, of course, fishing will happen. To that the t-shirt is apt, "I fish; therefore I am." In addition to novels, the book of Blogs, "Voice Of My Heart," is also available on Amazon.
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2 Responses to THE BIGGEST FISH

  1. revpattyb says:

    😊

    On Mar 12, 2018 9:26 AM, “Mark H. Miller’s Blog” wrote:

    > Mark H Miller posted: “Bob Ball, my guide of guides in Forks, Washington, > and I floated the Sol Duc River. It was my second cast…bobber down, a mild > uptake on my rod, the river splashed, then exploded and the battle was on. > A beautiful fresh winter steelhead, brighter than br” >

  2. Praise the Lord for answering prayers for Jason! Great news,

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