About Fishing Boats


The Bible Jumpers start their third Bible Jump which takes them to the shore of the Sea of Galilee.

Author’s Note:

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The breeze that came from the Sea of Galilee cooled the Bible Jumpers as they walked along the shoreline.  Small waves ebbed and flowed onto the beach, washing over their feet.  Out in the distance, were small boats anchored in the water.

“What kind of boats are those?” asked Zach as he pointed them out.

Liz looked at them.  “They look like fishing boats.”

“How do you know that?” asked Zach.

“Well, my Dad took me and my Mom to the lake once to go fishing and we used a boat that looked like that…except ours had a motor in it.”

“I see…” pondered Zach.

“What?” asked Liz.

“Nothing,” said Zach, “I… just never pictured you doing something like… fishing.”

“What did you picture me doing?” inquired Liz.

“Oh…I don’t know,” stammered Zach, “I guess… cheerleader stuff… Like… you know…going to parties, dating the football players, and going to the mall and all.”

“What made you think that?” asked Liz.

Zach looked down, “I’m sorry Liz.  I guess I assumed you did things like that.  I mean, that’s what I’ve heard about cheerleaders anyway.”

“Well, some of the girls on my squad do those things, but not all of them,” said Liz, “For one thing, I don’t date football players.  I like the smart, gentleman type.”

Zach’s mouth dropped, “Really?”

Liz smiled and walked ahead to be where Mary and Carrie were.

“I think that was a hint Zach,” said John who walked up beside him.

“You think she likes me?” asked Zach.

“You have to be blind not to see it,” said Simon who also came up alongside.

Zach wiped some sweat from his forehead.  “What do I do?  I never dealt with something like this before.”

“Just be you Zach,” said Simon.

“That’s it?” asked Zach.

“And pay attention,” added John.

“What do you mean?” asked Zach.

John looked at Simon.  Simon smiled and shook his head.  John placed his hand on Zach’s shoulder, “After we’re done Bible Jumping, we’ll explain.”

“Come on Liz, tell us the truth,” said Carrie.

“I already told you,” said Liz, “Me and Zach are just friends.”

“Hey Carrie, she did it again,” teased Mary.

“Did what?” asked Liz.

“When you said Zach’s name, your face went red,” said Carrie.

“I can’t believe you two,” said Liz, “It’s the sun, that’s all.”

“Uh huh… sure it is,” said Mary.

“Well…what about you and John?” said Liz.

“What do you mean?” asked Mary.

“I remember before we started this trip, you thought John was a pest,” said Liz, “But lately, I noticed that you two have been awfully friendly.”

“So what if we are,” said Mary, “At least I’m not trying to deny it.”

“So Mary,” said Carrie, “Do you like him?”

“I don’t know,” said Mary, “After being around him on this trip…he isn’t as bad as I thought he was.”

Liz’s mouth dropped.  Mary continued, “In fact…I think he is kind of cute.”

Liz shook her head.  ‘Mary liking John…what has the world come to…,’ she thought.  ‘I wish I could be as brave as she is about my feelings.’  She looked further down the shore.  “Daniel, what’s that place over there?”

“That’s our destination,” said Daniel.


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