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wisdom from 'Nemo'

February 14, 2008

I love to find little bits of wisdom in unexpected places. A friend and I were discussing some of the difficulties people have with prayer, and I thought of a great parallel we can find in the movie Finding Nemo.

Do you remember the scene where Marlin and Dory have just been dumped out of the EAC, with the instructions to “just swim straight” to get to Sydney? After swimming for a while and seeing nothing, Marlin begins to doubt himself and fears that they must be lost. He swims around in a panic until Dory suggests they ask a nearby whale for directions. But when they ask for help, the whale seems to swim away, and Marlin assumes he isn’t interested in helping them. But before long, they realize the whale was just turning around and has now returned to scoop them up in his mouth. Inside the whale’s mouth, Marlin continues to worry and complain, swimming in every possible direction trying to find a way out. When the whale tells them to “swim to the back of the throat,” Marlin is sure he is going to be the whale’s next meal (even though everyone knows that whales don’t eat fish, they eat krill). Only when he realizes there is no hope of escape does Marlin finally let go and do what the whale says. To his surprise, he is not whale food. The whale spews them both out of his blowhole, directly into Sydney Harbor.

Aren’t we exactly like that with God? We ask him for help, but when his answer is slower than we would like, we assume that He isn’t listening, or He doesn’t care, or that He just isn’t there. When God does begin to move, we are too busy trying to solve the problem ourselves to see his work. We get so caught up in our worries and fears that we forget all the things we know to be true. God always hears our prayers, He is always working, and His answers are always for our good, even if it isn’t quite the answer we were looking for. All the time that we are worrying and complaining, God is slowly and gently carrying us to our destination. All we have to do is relax and trust that He will get us where we need to go.

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  1. February 15, 2008 1:19 pm

    I love this! Wonderful wisdom from Nemo!

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