In the Tank
Picture by Sean Blare via iPhone
Life is good. You’re sitting around the house one day and get a notion. ‘Why don’t we get a fish tank?’
A trip to the local pet store reveals an interesting revelation: a multitude of choices surround a categorical fact. It’s a lot of work.
Undaunted, you load your car with a ton of paraphernalia and head home. A few hours and many tattered boxes later, the tank is up! Then come the rocks, the plants, and filter. A few drops here, a few drops there and the water sparkles.
After several days and another trip to the store, the tank comes alive. Guppies, mollies, and neons… Vibrant color splashes across a field of blue. The horde swarms to the surface with a sprinkle of food.
But what about from the other side of the glass? Watch your little fishes swim around their little home. Now think about their day. It may go something like this:
Life is good. We have a home, food, even the big guy to clean the place. It doesn’t get any better than this. Master put a new air stone in yesterday, so the water’s really fresh today.
But I wonder when he’s going to change the filter. Poor Windex looks like he can’t keep up. I hope he sees the new baby under the rock. Plus that food is a little stale. I really wish he’d get some new stuff soon. Not to mention he never feeds us enough.
Oh well, I guess I’ll just wait here. Those guppies are such a pain anyway. Darting here and there all the time. As if the current doesn’t disturb the water. Still, it is a beautiful home.
Does this sound familiar? How many times do we have everything we need, but still aren’t happy? Air to breathe, water to drink, food to eat, and a roof over our head, but for some reason, it’s just not enough. We want more.
Often, we act similar to the fish. Purchasing new clothes or toys in a frenzy after experiencing an unexpected blessing. When the money’s all gone, God’s the one at fault. We cry out to Him, searching for answers. But in the end, we stay right where we are, complaining about everything and everyone around us.
Are you in the tank? Gobbling up all you are given, then whining about it later. Do you hover and watch the little fishes? Avoiding the chaos of life.
So before the next casual complement leaves your lips, stop. Look around. Dry your gills, and thank the Lord for everything. Even the stale food. J
Life is good.
Act 26:16 (NKJV) “But rise and stand on your feet; for I have appeared to you for this purpose, to make you a minister and a witness both of the things which you have seen and of the things which I will yet reveal to you.”