Have You Seen the Sea?

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Once upon a time there was a young fish that heard other fishes taking about the sea. One day he thought, “I will go and find the sea.” He searched for a long time but could not find it. Then he met another fish, and asked, “can you tell me where I may find the sea?” And the fish said, “no, I have often wished to see it.” The young fish met an old and wise fish, and asked, “Can you tell me where I may find the sea?” The old fish said, “Why, this is the sea, you are swimming in the sea, you have been in it the whole time.” 

How about you, do you know God? Like the fish, people are looking far away from the Bible. David is called “a man after God’s own heart” (Acts 13:22). How did he get this title? From a youth, he knew that God was near him. Whether at home, in the fields as a shepherd, or seated on the throne as King of Israel; God was by his side. In one of the Psalms, he wrote: “If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me” (Psalm 139:9-10). With this type of closeness, David could sing: “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want” (Psalm 23:1). We need to learn to be like David and not like the fish who was looking for the sea. 

Jonathan Burns
Findlay church of Christ
Sparta, TN

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