Christian Living

Currents of Design

I love stories! Just in case you hadn’t figured that out about me 😉 I’m always amazed by the themes and metaphors that come out of kids’ movies. My family was sick this weekend (I’ve managed to stave it off so far!!) so we watched a bunch of movies. We also went to see The Lego Batman movie for my daughter’s birthday. I was pleasantly surprised by the themes in that one. I really loved how much batman changes–I’m a sucker for character-driven stories 🙂

Anyway! One of the movies we watched was Finding Dory. We watched it when it came out in the cheap theater too. This time around I was struck by the scene where they’re crossing the Pacific Ocean via sea turtle. I love the way they portray ocean currents in both Nemo movies! (If you want to see it, you can check out this or this.) They show a highway in the ocean–sort of like the moving walkways at an airport. The people walking on the walkway are moving way faster with less effort than the people walking next to the walkway.

I was thinking about how God’s designs are like that. When we align with the way He designed us to work, the walking we do is more effective and we get where we actually want to go so much faster. Some people never walk on the walkway.

It’s something I want to ask God about in every area of my life. If you think about it, He has a best for everything we do. There’s an easier way to be healthy than eating McDonald’s every day (or really any diet consisting of more than 20% junk food). There’s an easier way to be creative. There’s an easier way to learn. There’s an easier way to work. There’s an easier way to–you get the point. 🙂

I love how the fish around the current are almost standing still in comparison to everyone in the current. Can you imagine the witness we’d have if we all aligned with God’s design and were leaving people in the dust left and right? They’d be all about getting in the current.

Obviously, I’m not advocating a health and wealth gospel–Jesus said we’d have trouble in this world (John 16:33). But I do think that we make things harder on ourselves than they need to be. Imagine trying to cut vegetables with a dull knife rather than taking the time to sharpen it. Depending on the knife, it’ll take you longer and use more effort than it would if you just stop and sharpen the knife. I’m guaranteed to get spiritually healthier if I spend daily time with Jesus. I’m guaranteed to have less money stress if I surrender my finances to God. I’m guaranteed to be healthier if I give my body the nutrients I need.

Sometimes I think I get caught up in all the things I don’t know. I may not know exactly what I need to do to fix my sleep issues but I know the 80%. I know that if I eat enough prior to 3 p.m. for my body to store enough glucose to run all night, I sleep better. I know if I have enough magnesium, I sleep better. I know if I have a bedtime routine, I sleep better. I could go on but I’ll stop lest I bore y’all 😉 The point is, I know a heck of a lot more than I don’t. I have plenty of things I can work on applying before I need to worry about what I don’t know.

Anyway! Going back to Finding Dory, we have a choice whether we want to jump into the current or not–a choice we get to make every single day, every single moment. So what are you going to choose today?

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