Practice is over, my hooks are sharp, all my baits are tied on, and my rods are ready. My strategy is set from “plan A” all the way down to “plan C”. Now I’m just waiting, just watching the clock. I’ve worked the entire season to make it to this one event, now it’s here. No more time for preparation, just waiting for the kickoff and for the game to start.
This is one of the longest nights in professional fishing. Right now the entire field has aspirations of being the Classic Champion, including me. Tomorrow that dream will die for at least half the field.
It is at times like these that I must affirm that my foundation set on something other than just bass fishing. A bass fisherman is what I am, but it’s not who I am. If I let my fishing define who I am I will ultimately be disappointed and my world will collapse.
My true identity is in Jesus Christ. It is only through YOU that I can find lasting peace and true satisfaction. Please grant me wisdom as I fish and give me good decisions on the water. I pray that you will give me a victory in the Classic! But, Lord, may your will be done, not mine.
Lord, I ask that you calm my nerves and give me the courage to trust completely in you. You are in control. You have my best interests at heart. Whatever the outcome, may You use it for Your glory!
Thank you for loving me. Thank you for creating me. Thank you for my family. Thank you for the many gifts you’ve placed in my life. I pray that you will keep all of us safe on the water tomorrow. I pray that you will use me this week for purposes that go way beyond just fishing.
These things I pray in Jesus’ name, Amen!”
Alton Jones – Philippians 4:6-9