You know the expression a picture is worth a thousand words … so what does that make a video?
My sister sent this video link to me last week. As I watched I thought what a parable for our lives.
To me the net represents our belief system. When our beliefs do not line up with God’s truth they can entangle us to the point where we cannot move or breathe and without help we will perish. That perishing may be emotional death, spiritual death or literal death because our faulty beliefs cause unsafe choices on our part.
Just like this whale, we cannot get free by our own efforts alone. We only become more entangled when we thrash about in the same faulty beliefs expecting a different result. We need the help of someone with a sharp knife who can see the net clearly to patiently cut away our entanglements to set us free.
The Word of God is described as being sharper than a two-edged sword (Heb 4:12); sounds like a pretty effective tool to me.
When we try to pull away before we should, God does not give up. He is every bit as patient as the man in this video. He keeps pulling us back to close to Him, so that he can cut away the lies that entangle us. And, just as this good samaritan rejoices in the whale’s freedom as much as the whale does; so too does our Heavenly Father rejoice in our freedom when we are set free by His truth.
If your world feels like it is closing in like a net around you, be still and know He is God (Ps 46:10). Trust Him just as this whale trusted this good Samaritan. Allow Him to speak truth to you through His Word and exchange your darkness for His light (Luke 1:79); your weariness for His strength; (Is 40:31) and your captivity for His freedom (Is 61:1).
6 thoughts on “A Whale of a Parable”
Diane- am trying hard to leave a reply so we’ll see if this one works. I loved the video and your observations of how it ties into our lives. Deena
Wonderful advice today, Hope. I have just come out of a time of troubles and sit on the edge of a rather wonderful time in my life. Your analogy of the patient whale-healer is such a beautiful one to represent our Father. Thank you so much.
Hi Kate – I’m sorry life has been hard, but so very thankful you are being set free from those problems. What came to mind as I read your reply was Psalm 18:16-19
16 He reached from on high, He took me; He drew me out of many waters.
17 He delivered me from my strong enemy and from those who hated and abhorred me, for they were too strong for me.
18 They confronted and came upon me in the day of my calamity, but the Lord was my stay and support.
19 He brought me forth also into a large place; He was delivering me because He was pleased with me and delighted in me.
May you be permeated with lots and lots and LOTS of joy in this new place in your life!!
awesome post..thanks for sharing this dear
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