The animated movie, Finding Nemo, is a heartwarming tale of love and friendship. Watching it on tv recently with my daughter, we reflected on the memorable lines from the film. There are many to choose from: fish are friends not food, you guys made me ink, find a happy place, jelly man and Dory’s timeless mantra, just keep swimming.
No matter her circumstances, Dory keeps swimming. When she is lost or confused—which happens frequently—she just keeps swimming. When she is overwhelmed and doesn’t know what to do, she just keeps swimming.
Like a long distance runner, Dory presses on. Runners talk about hitting a wall when they run a marathon. The wall is where they’re on empty and feel like they just... can’t… go… any further. If they give in and stop there, they’ll not finish the race. But they know a secret that helps them continue; if they press on through the wall they’ll get a second wind. Their strength will be restored.
Our lives are like marathons—although we often try to run them as a sprint—where at times we too feel like we’re hitting a wall. We’re confused, stressed or overwhelmed: running on empty. But like the runner, if we press on, our strength will be renewed. God promises new strength for those who trust in Him. Through Him we'll be able to continue to run the race and not grow weary. All He asks us to do is simply take the next step out of faith.
Message for the Journey:
When trouble comes, just keep swimming. When you're overwhelmed, just keep swimming. You have an even better friend than Dory. With Him by your side, you never need swim alone.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great crowd 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. Heb.12:1