Mike Clair’s New Job Brings Him Closer to God

This post from Catholic News Service was beautiful to read about. Mike Clair has changed his profession and changed his spiritual ways as well. His new line of work has brought him closer to God then he would have ever imagined, and I think that is wonderful. I wish everybody could have the chance to realize the things that Mike’s line of work are making him realize. He is truly letting his job show him the beauty in life and I commend him for that. Take a second a read this post, it’s worth it I promise!

“The rising sun shimmers across the sound, tinting the water with shades of red, as Mike Clair begins his daily commute.

A few minutes off shore from his home, Clair grabs a long hook, snags a buoy and pulls the first of more than 200 crab pots out of the water onto his 18-inch-high flatboat. He dumps the pot’s catch, including a fish and some sea nettle, into a sorting box where he culls the blue crabs inside.

Hard-shell crabs that meet size requirements go into a bushel basket; “peelers” that will shed their outer layer and become soft-shell crabs go into a bucket of seawater; and fish that he can sell go into a box. He dumps the remainder back into the sound, part of the Chesapeake Bay, before he guides his boat some 200 feet to the next buoy, where he repeats the procedure.

Clair, 57, is a waterman, making his living from the crabs, clams, oysters and other seafood he harvests. With 25 years of experience, he’s a relative newcomer to a traditional bay vocation. He shares the same career as the apostles Peter and Andrew, who fished the Sea of Galilee until Jesus called them to become fishers of men.

His Catholic faith helped him as he became a waterman and learned the unpredictable ebb and flow of his catch, he said.

“Something has always come along to keep your livelihood going, whether it was when the oysters died off and you thought you were going to starve to death (until) the clams came on, or a fish would come on and you’d still make a living,” Clair said. “It’s definitely divine intervention.”

His wife, Nancy, also finds God in the family’s work. “You’re definitely close to God out there,” she said. “You feel, OK, this is all coming from him.”” – “Former Construction Worker Sees God’s Hand in Decision to Work on Water”, Catholic News Service