An Environment for Life

Peter W. Law in A Portrait of My Father writes:

Imagine you are on holiday, and you have an apartment overlooking the sand and surf. Sitting on the table in your room is a fishbowl, and inside the bowl is a small goldfish. Each day you swim and sun-bake and enjoy soaking up the delights of vacationing. Before long, however, you begin to feel sorry for little Goldie who is all alone in his bowl while you go out having fun in the sun. To make up for this injustice, you promise Goldie a little of the action. “Tomorrow,” you tell the goldfish, “you will begin to enjoy life, too.”

The next day you take a washcloth, life the fish from the bowl, place it in the cloth, wrap it up, and put the living bundle into your pocket before leaving for the beach.

As you reach the spot where you are accustomed to spending your day, you can feel the sun’s heat beating down upon your back. Excitedly you take your gilled companion from your pocket, lay out the washcloth on the sand, place the fish on the cloth, stand back, and say, “Now this is life, Goldie; live it up!”

Can anything be more ridiculous or more foolish? Being in the sun on the hot beach is no environment for a goldfish-or any fish! It will die there, not live. It was never intended to be in that environment. For people, a relasionship with God as Father is the only correct environment for life.

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. ~ John 15:5