Finding Nemo is by far one of my favorite movies. The colors are stunning. The dialogue between the characters is spot on and the portrayal of true friendship and a parent's love for their child does not go on deaf ears.
I would swim to the edge of the planet to find one of my sons. I would search and search and hitch a ride with anyone that could bring me closer to my son. Reminds me of God's hunt for me. He has used people, circumstances, His Word, and a few struggles to make sure I know that I am loved. I pray, whomever might read this today, knows they are loved.
While I love the movie "Finding Nemo" for a myriad of reasons, the Dory character reminds me of how I should be in my closest relationships. Forgetting bad things easily, remembering the best things always. And of course, repeating what I know to be true over and over and over... (P. Sherman, 42 Wallaby Way, Sydney)
And to just "keep swimming." Swimming against the current when it comes to the media choices in front of me all the time. Swimming against the current when it comes to parenting (my husband and I choose to make our boys accountable for their actions - gasp!). Choosing to swim against the culture in many ways. And choosing to swim by faith some days too. I really am a recovered control freak. There was a time in my life when I needed to know every detail of my day, dreaded not being able to fix something for someone, and wanted to control other people's days as well. Thankfully, God allowed a pretty powerful set of circumstances to change that around the millennium. Oh, I can still get nutty - I have estrogen! - but my nutty spells are fewer and far between.
I was reminded today of the virgin Mary's response to the angel after he told her that she would have a Son. In Luke 1:37, the angel simply and confidently says "For no word from God will ever fail." Mary's response? Simple. "I am the Lord's servant, may it be according to your word."
Kinda got me thinking. I need to remember in the good days and in the not so good days, that I need to confidently remind myself that God's words never fail. He has promised good to me, a hope and a future. Not a trouble free, pain free life. Life is hard. Each of us have our own burdens to bear and we can choose to wear them on our sleeves and bleed our disdain to the watching world or we can use our pain to relate to others and see if there is an opening to be the light in someone's life.
I'm choosing life today. The tank is clean. "Now go... have an adventure!"