Dory: Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming. What do we do? We swim, swim.
I love the picture stories God places in my heart.
Today during the church service, God surprised me with a picture from the Disney movie Finding Nemo.
The scene is near the end, when finally finds Nemo, but Nemo and Dory are caught in a trawling net.
The story is set to end in tragedy, but a revelation comes. There is hope!
Nemo, Dory and Marlin victory through telling all the other captive fish to swim!
The plan at first appears to be a failure, but as more and more of the fish join in the fight to swim the 'tides' are turned and together the fish burst the net and are free.
The picture that God gave me was showing me how life is full of challenges. We go through battles, against our flesh, our ungodly habits, outside influences, against powers and principalities of darkness, but all is not lost.
God was saying "just keep swimming", keep on keeping on, keep moving and pushing forward, with Jesus and eternity with Him as our goal post. Keep our eyes on Jesus, don't stop moving, and we will have victory over the struggles / battles, chains (nets or traps) will be broken and we will get freedom from them.
The key is to never give up, never give in, for we will have victory when we keep our eyes on Jesus.
Like Paul said about running the race...
Hebrews 12:1-3 1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
1Corinthians 9:24-25 24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. 25 Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.
So Keep Swimming, Don't be discouraged, and You Will Have Freedom from all that hinder you in the end...