There's a scene in Finding Nemo where Nemo's dad, Marlin, loses hope in finding his son. And then his new friend Dory steps in to teach him a lesson in fortitude.
"Hey, Mr. grumpy gills, when life gets you down you know what you gotta do?” Dory asked, "just keep swimming!"
She then continues to sing her famous (and very catchy) "just keep swimming" song as she grabs Marlin's hand to travel into the darkness.
I had a Marlin moment last week.
Right after I posted the blog about failure leading to success, I had a moment of feeling unaccomplished. I'm in my late twenties, and my life definitely doesn't look the way I envisioned it would look by this time.
It's easy for me to be transparent about my failures and past mistakes because I know there’s so much you can learn from them, but I don't want to keep talking about my failures—I want more victories!
Everyone around me is accomplishing their major goals. I want to accomplish mine too 😩. When is it going to be my time, God? Those were the thoughts that were floating through my mind.
I had a moment, and I'm sure you can relate.
I want all that God has in store for me, but there are times when I get discouraged too. There are times when I feel like I'm stuck in a giant pool of bubble gum and nothing I do seems to be helping me to break free.
Wait, that's the point ... nothing I DO seems to be helping. This a battle that I can only fight with God.
I'm generally a very optimistic person, but that doesn't make the waiting period any easier. If only life were simple, right?
When I was a junior in high school, I decided to join the track team. I was one of the fastest kids in school, but I was out of shape. I was literally a fat person living in a skinny person’s body.
So, I chose the 100-meter and 200-meter event because I knew that was as far as I could run without passing out from exhaustion. My coach challenged me to do the 400-meter, but I just wasn’t willing to put in the extra work and conditioning that was necessary to get in shape.
I was lazy.
Well, a few weeks into my track career, my pride and laziness took a huge hit—I tore my hamstring. And I never ran again.
Life isn’t a sprint, it’s a journey. Sometimes we get so caught up in the end goal that we forget about what it takes to get there and maintain it.
I get annoyed by the fact that I haven't accomplished some of my major goals yet, but I understand that the journey is what has strengthened my faith. The journey is where I've learned some of life's greatest lessons.
And in all actuality, the journey is a blessing.
"Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart."
God knows every desire in our heart and promises to fulfill them as we abide in Him and live according to His word. But in His timing, not ours.
I love the 42nd chapter of Job, not just because I'm a sucker for a happy ending (and I am), but because it shows how faithful God is.
Job lost everything — his wealth, his family, and even his health, but in the end, God restored everything he lost and blessed him with even more than he started with.
Just as God came through for Job, He will come through for you and me.
When I was having my “moment of delayed happiness,” a friend texted me for advice. As I began to focus on her needs and encourage her with scripture, I found myself encouraged too.
That's what scripture does — you know, lift our spirits 😉.
I don't know what you're going through in your life, but I do know that only God can help you win your battles. And He wants to use you right where you are.
As we used to sing in church growing up:
You're in the right place at the right time
to receive a blessing from the Lord.
Enjoy the journey, and let God continue to perfect your faith so when you arrive at your destination, you're fully prepared to receive all that He has in store for you.
Oh yeah, and remember ...
🎶 Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming! 🎶
You’re not alone. We’re in this thang together!
I'd love to hear from you. What's one thing you learned along your journey that can help encourage someone with theirs? Reply on the discussions page, and I look forward to hearing from you.
You were born to do great things. If you don't know how to swim, learn ;).