Coming up on a pond I was drawn close by a couple of birds, who flew away at my approach. But I was attracted to the movement in the water…fish, everywhere. I first became aware of the little fish, in large schools, swimming frantically. Behind them, slightly larger fish. But the reality of nature became clear very quickly. Behind each school of fish was a larger school of fish, threatening.
The littlest fish, the weakest, merely swam for their lives. Every other school of fish had a dual stressful situation. On the one hand, they were chasing smaller fish for food. On the other, they were trying to avoid becoming food for the fish behind them.
All at once I was surprised by a huge fish. It looked too big to even be in this pond. It had been in the rushes, but it swam lazily out amongst the chaos of the food chain without care. Obviously this fish had all the power.
Then I saw something interesting happen. The littlest fish fell in behind the large fish, basically protecting themselves from the onslaught of the predators. Perhaps too little for this large fish, or perhaps a quirk of nature, but the large fish seemed wholly uninterested in eating the little ones. He did, however, see to it that none of the other fish could get near them.
I have spent too many years as that littlest fish. Scurrying here and there, nothing to protect me and always within seconds of being swallowed alive. It occured to me that I will not always be the littlest one. And one day, when I am swimming lazily around my pond without everyone chasing and trying to consume me, I will remember that big fish, and protect those who have no one else to protect them. Because running around the pond alone and defenseless is a scary thing.
My relationship with the Lord has reminded me that as long as I fall in behind Him, that nothing can truly hurt me. I am still a tiny, defenseless fish. But He rules the pond, and if I fall in behind Him, the predators are scattered, and I am safe.
Psalm 121:7 The LORD will keep you from all harm–he will watch over your life.
Luke 4:10 For the Scriptures say, ‘He will order his angels to protect and guard you.
Psalm 5:11 But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You; let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them.