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Topic: Like a Fish Out of Water (10/24/13)
TITLE: Goldfish in the Master's hands
By Nicole Van Der Merwe
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I put my hand inside the bowl and tried to catch the little fella but his slimy little body kept slipping through my fingers. That should have rung alarm bells as I finally grabbed the little guy and fished him out of the bowl. At that very moment he slipped out of my hands and landed on the table with a thud. I was mortified and panicked as I tried to catch him and put him back in his bowl. Oh no, he kept on slipping out of my hands and flopping about on the table. What was I going to do? How was I going to explain to my parents why the goldfish died? Just then I was able to scoop him back into the bowl and watch him swim round and round as though nothing had happened. I sighed with relief and watched him for a few minutes making sure he was ok. After I was satisfied Mr Goldfish was well I ran up to bed and finally fell asleep.
At the crack of dawn I ran down the stairs to check if the goldfish was still alive. I got to the dining room table and to my horror I saw his lifeless body floating in the bowl. Surprisingly when my parents found me staring at the fishbowl, they never asked me if I knew what had happened to him.
My dad just took the bowl, disposed of the fish and explained to me that these things sometimes happen and I should not get distressed about it.
In my heart I was riddled with guilt and wanted to tell my dad it was my fault. I stood there looking at my father trying to build up the courage to tell the truth. Finally I decided to keep it a secret and not tell anyone. Nobody had witnessed the incident and after all it was a terrible accident.
Fish cannot live out of water just as we cannot survive without oxygen. God created us to be in relationship with Him. We are like fish out of water flopping around aimlessly in this world. We think we are ok as long as we dip into our spiritual ponds once in a while. Satan’s life work is to fish us out of the pond and expose us to an environment which is lethal to us eventually resulting in spiritual death. He is the Father of all lies and it’s not ok to stay out of the Fathers presence for even a few seconds. He has given each one of us a special purpose and has planted us exactly where we should be.
We root ourselves in the word of God and let his Spirit lead and guide us into His holy presence where we will be nurtured and live forever. Amen.
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