Today I went to the aquarium. When I step into those front doors I am more excited than the hundreds of elementary schoolers that make up most of the crowd.
The ocean and anything related to it always brings me a sense of peace.
Maybe it is the calming effects of the water.
Maybe it is the colors of the fish.
Maybe it is the idea of exploration.
Today, it was the jellyfish.
The jellyfish (the aquarium made it very clear to refer to them as “jellies” because they are not fish) brought to mind a few lessons that Scripture teaches us.
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart;
I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”- Jeremiah 1:5
Jellies move with the water. It is not in their nature to fight the current. For their entire lives they follow the path of the ocean. We need to be more like jellies. In Jeremiah 1:5 we are told that God made each one of us with a purpose and plan.
We are formed to follow the current of His will.
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? –Matthew 6:25-26
According to Wikipedia jellies are “passive” hunters. Basically this means when the food comes to them they eat. In order for this to happen fish and other ocean life must swim into the path of the jellies. I will make an argument that jellies could be added to this Scripture passage. Just like the sparrows, our heavenly Father feeds the jellies. Today, remind yourself that Christ has placed the food along your path.
Though it may feel as though the ocean is rough and pushing you in a different direction, Christ has prepared the food.
“Blessed are you when people hate you, when they exclude you and insult you
and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man.- Luke 6:22
Though I think jellies are awesome a lot of aquarium goers do not. Maybe, it was because they had gotten stung in the past. Maybe, the sharks just seemed cooler. Maybe, they just did not notice them at all. I do not think the jellies have the brains to notice (they do not have brains at all). Therefore, they obviously do not care that the other marine life is favored by the aquarium visitors. As Christians we are called to be different. We are called to accept the fact that as followers of Christ people will dislike us. Just like the not jellies we must show that this behavior does not offend us.
Rather, we are just happy to be who we are: followers of the King of the World.
Friends, be a jellyfish today.
Follow the current.
Let go of the past that holds you down and drags you to the depths of the ocean.
Float with friends and family through life.
Sting all that is evil before it stings you.