Finding Nemo (in Murky Waters)

Wednesday, March 19

3-19By Cindy L. Korf of North Platte, Nebraska, USA

So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!

—2 Corinthians 5:17

Our fish sat listlessly on the bottom of its filthy fishbowl. The water was low, dark green, and murky. It was past time to clean the fishbowl. When I tried to get the fish out of the bowl, it swam away. It did not want to leave! It was happy in its familiar environment.

After several tries I finally caught it and put it into a holding dish while I cleaned the bowl and filled it with clean water.

Once back in the bowl of fresh water, the fish came to life! It swam happily up and down and around the entire bowl. No longer was it listless at the bottom of the bowl, content with the status quo. It was a new fish!

Like the fish, we easily can become content with the life we’re living, not realizing or willing to leave behind what is comfortable (and perhaps stagnant)—not open to letting go of the old life.

How blessed we are that through Christ we can change and leave behind our old life to swim in fresh clean water—to dwell in Christ, the Living Water.

Prayer for Peace
Understanding God, help us struggle from the confines of contentment. Help us move beyond apathy and indecision in our lives. Help us freshen our environment with change and new action. Help us risk the redundant for openness to a spirit of adventure for Christ’s mission—for Christ’s peace.

Spiritual Practice: Open Hands
Stand or sit with your hands extended in front of you. Prayerfully ponder all that you hold in your hands that makes you feel too full, busy, drained, or closed. Spread your hands up and apart to release these burdens, and then hold them open and empty them again. Thank God for relationships that fill and feed your spirit. Pray for a generous heart and open hands that reach out to make room for all in the circle of Christ’s community.

Peace Covenant
Today, God, I will take inventory of my life, and see if it’s time for a change.

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  1. Tamara Taylor-Hillyer

     /  20 March 2014

    This “Finding Nemo” really spoke to me today. I am grieving the recent death of my sister Paula. Somehow the image of the little fish swimming in fresh clean water happily spoke to my soul in a beautiful and sweet way. She has shed her tired and worn out body and is free now to move with joy and freedom in clean and lovely water. Thank you for this beautiful image in my mind, that comforts me!

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