Friday, May 1, 2009

Stay In The Water

One of my favorite things to do with my children is to read to them. I love to see their expressions as the story comes alive to them. Last week, Chloe and I went to her Kindergarten Registration, the highlight of her experience came at the end where Chloe got to choose a new book. She quickly chose Fish is Fish and we were on our way. After many calls to family about registration, we settled in to read our new prized possession, Fish is Fish.
In this very colorful book, there are two inseparable friends, the fish and the tadpole. The tadpole grows legs and becomes a frog. The frog decides he is going to jump out of the water, that he has always known as home to explore the new world. The minnow is left all alone wondering where and what his friend is doing. The frog returns to the water and tells the minnow all about the world, then leaves again. The minnow starts dreaming of this world his friend has told him about. The minnow decides he has to see the world with his own eyes, so with a mighty swish of the tail, he lands on the ground. Then he lays there gasping for air.
I thought how much are we like this little fish. God wants us to stay in the water and we want to jump out and do our own thing. How often we jump out of his will because we think we can do it ourselves, in our own power, or maybe quicker then waiting on God’s timing. How foolish we are. We should be in the cool water with tails propped up letting God handle all of our problems and concerns. He will you know!!
So be blessed today and read to your children and look for those teachable moments in every book. "Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up." Deuteronomy 11:18-19
By the way, the fish doesn’t die, his friend is nearby and hears his distress and pushes him back into the water. Just like God!!! Teach your children about our Lord because if you don’t, someone else will teach them something you may not want them too!! Our children are like sponges, let them suck up the cool water of Jesus.

Tanya Clemons

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