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Famous Lines From Movies, “It’s time to let go…”

I love that scene.  It perfectly illustrates this verse, which, coincidentally, was  insight gained in the belly of a big fish:

“Those who cling to worthless idols forfeit the grace that could be theirs.” Jonah 2:9

Remember Jonah?  He tried to run away from God and — gulp! — into the belly of a big fish went Jonah for a few humbling days.

Sometimes our best insight comes in the dark.

What worthless idols are you clinging to?  Maybe you should listen to Dory and Jonah — “Let go!”

"It's time to let go!" click pic for source

 

Let’s pray:

Father, thank you for speaking to us, even through cartoons.  🙂

I would like to let go now of these worthless idols:______________________________.  

I’d like to take a leap of faith and fall back into your arms.  It’s safe there.  I know You have a plan.

In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen!

“For I know the plans I have for you”, declares the Lord.  “plans for your welfare, and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.”  Jeremiah 29:11

Hanging around in the dark?  Click the pic below to meet someone worth clinging to.

"Hang in there!" see pic source below

“Hang in there!” source:      http://bitchslapmrng.files.wordpress.com/2011/04/hang-in-there.jpg

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Anchovy Faith

anchovies -vs- swordfish

My family’s been watching the Life series on the Discovery Channel, narrated by

Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey.

Tonight’s episode was about the fantastic and sometimes grotesque lives of ocean fish.

One fish, in particular, really caught my attention — the anchovy.

Now, on my pizza, I’d rate the anchovy in the grotesque category, but in their ocean habitat they definitely  fantastic.

Swimming together in a shiny silvery mass, called a shoal, they dart around as one due to their highly developed sensory system.

And sticking together makes them really tough to catch.

A shoal of anchovies

Because no matter how quickly a predator like a marlin, or a shark dives at the shoal, their teeth flashing, mouth opened wide, the shoal quickly dart away in a mass or spreads out into a circle that the predator plunges through, empty-mouthed and frustrated out the other side.

“The fishes unity is its strength.“, Oprah Winfrey narrates, ” The exasperated predator gives up and goes after easier prey.”

Remember this scene from “Finding Nemo” starring Anchovies? (or maybe Sardines, or herrings.  They all swim the same)

And here’s a clip showing the real thing:

Now, the Anchovy has an important lesson to teach today’s Christian.  Why?  Well, first, they’re a salty little fish swimming about in a great big ocean.  Sounds like us.  We’re supposed to be salty little Christians in this great big world.  See?

“You are the salt of the earth.” Matthew 5:13

And what does salt do? It adds flavor to food, and it preserves food and mummies and other things AND it cleans in the form of shampoos.  So, we’re supposed to spice up our world, preserve the good, and live clean lives.  Salt.

And, like the Anchovy, we’re surrounded by sharp-toothed predators with big stomachs…

“Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”  1 Peter 5:8

“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”  Ephesians 6:12

So, swim like an anchovy, Christian.  Stick close to your salty sisters and brothers.  Shoal would be smart of you!

Remember, there’s safety in numbers.  Say it with me — fellowship.  It’s a lifesaver!

“Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another-and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”  Hebrews 10:25

The Anchovy Prayer: “Oh Father in heaven, thank you for loving me and making me the salt of the earth and light of the world.  Thank you for my brothers and sisters in Christ.  Help me to love them more, encourage them better, pray for them regularly and meet their needs when I can.

I confess I’ve been a little shellfish sometimes.  Make me an anchovy, a salty Christian for Christ!  In Jesus’ name, AMEN!”

Great Lines From Movies: Finding Nemo II

Another fun scene from my favorite fish movie.  Marlin and Dory have entered the EAC (East Australian Current)  A fast-paced ride through the Pacific.  A short-cut through the ocean!  They have just survived an undersea field of poisonous jellyfish (see above)

The clip is 7 minutes long, but the important part for this post is at the beginning, so you can watch the rest later if you don’t have time for the whole thing:

Christian, do you feel like you’re struggling along, being stung on all sides?  Maybe you need to enter the” EAC for spiritual growth “~~ FASTING.

To me, fasting is like cutting through a cold stick of butter with a hot knife; it’s like tuning in the channel on the radio, it’s like riding a swift current through the ocean.  It gets me where I wanna go fast — to the safety of my Father’s arms.

For more info and helps on fasting, click on the links to the right.  Also, read my past posts on the subject: Mountain Faith, Baby Steps, Orion Faith, Fasting Can Change Your Life, Rock Climbing, and Dive!

“Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways!” Romans 11:33

“For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.”  Philippians 1:21

“I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection…”  Philippians 3:10

Great Lines From Movies: Finding Nemo

“Keep swimming. Keep swimming… ”  At the edge of a pitch dark cavern in the ocean, cute little Dory, a blue fish encourages her equally cute friend, Marlin, a clown fish, to “keep swimming”.  They have to search the mirky depths for something  they’ve lost that’s terribly important.  Funny, cute,and a little scary; it’s one of my favorite scenes in the movie, Finding Nemowatch..

Sometimes life can seem like a dark bottomless pit.  It’s scary to go forward, to “keep swimming”.  Here’s some verses to cling to in the dark:

“When I am afraid, I will trust in You…In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mortal man do to me?  In God whose word I praise, in the Lord, whose word I praise — In God I trust; I will not be afraid.  What can man do to me?” Psalm 56:3-4, 10-11

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”  Isaiah 41:10

Feeling small?  Pray the “Little Fishies Prayer”:

“Oh, Father in Heaven, my savior, my friend (John 15:5).  The way seems dark and scary, and I can’t see how I’ll make it, but I’ll trust in You.  Help me to hold Your hand, to keep reading my Bible, keep praying, keep trusting you in the dark.   In Jesus’  name, amen.”

Here’s a helpful song I taught my kids when they were little.  It’s comforting to sing it to yourself when you have something scary to do:

(sing to “London Bridge is Falling Down”)

“I will be with you always

You always

You always

I will be with you always

Matthew 28:20b.”

“For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.”  Isaiah 41:13