I find it to be quite remarkable how God uses things within His creation to teach us things. There are so many pictures right out in the open that give us an amazing handle on the truth of God’s Word.
On Tuesday, we went to the Herring Run in town. Every year the Herring make their way upstream, literally jumping up stairs, in order to end up in a pond to spawn. It is a heroic journey, as they can become easy prey for Seagulls that are opportunists when it comes to food. Yet, they work hard, swimming against the current, in order to reach their destination.
This was a vivid illustration for me as to the way the world is and the way those who follow Christ are to live in it. Think about it. The journey is exhausting, uphill and treacherous, yet the prize at the end is worth it all. As I watched this water push at these fish, it was interesting to me that some will spend time waiting to move on and get killed. Some will get lulled to sleep and then fall back downstream. Some will press on and we were able to go to the end and see those fish that made it. You just know they have earned it when they get there. I also consider the fact that they start on this journey without knowing how long it actually is. This is like our lives as well. Whether it is suffering or just normal daily life, we just never really know what the big picture is. We just know what the ultimate destination is.
I think about my own life as a believer and I know that I can relate. As I talk with teenagers, I see their struggle with all the world has to offer. It feels like the current is getting stronger, but we are called to perseverance. We are called to finish the race! Let’s not grow weary because there is an end and all we go through will be instantly vindicated in that place.
If we ever lose heart, we just need to look at Jesus Christ who finished the race for us!
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. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. – Hebrews 12:1-2