Like a foolish fish out of water

fish-out-of-waterHave you seen a fish swimming? It dives, darts, glides, turns, flashes through the water. That’s it’s natural habitat – the place where it belongs. Fish are made to live in water.

And the Bible says we were made for God – to be loved by him and to love him. That’s where we belong.

But when we run from God, we run away from everything that makes us alive and free. We run away from our own happiness. We leave the place where we belong – close to his heart.

Jesus said “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11v28).

What if a fish decided one day, “I’ve had enough of being told what I can and can’t do and only being allowed in water. I want to be FREE! I’m going to find my fortune on land!” and then jumped out of the water and onto the riverbank?

How far do you think that fish would get? It would wriggle and flap it’s fins, but of course fins don’t work on land. It would lie there grasping for air and pretty soon it would die.

How free is a fish on land? Not very. The fish is not built for land. And we are not built to be away from our Heavenly Father.

Jesus said: “if the Son set’s you free, you are truly free” (John 8v36).