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It was nice while it lasted. There was a little life in our house; something small yet very much alive. Apparently however his time has come, because now he is very much dead.
And yet there are so many lessons in a dead fish.
I’m sure some people wondered why my “he” fish had a girl’s name.
No… I wasn’t trying to make a funny statement, or plotting to make his gender ambiguous. He just kind of “was” to begin with. I mean… he was a purple guy.
Purple… and frilly…. But he was a guy. But God made him that way… God made female Betas very plain and simple, and male Betas very flamboyant and extravagant. That, to me, was mysterious.
Really what it boiled down to was that lately, God’s glory has been the only thing on my mind.
It probably seemed a little ambiguous to have a purple, frilly male fish named “Glory.”
That’s because the very topic from which his name is derived seems a bit ambiguous to me. God’s glory is something we don’t have to comprehend or understand… it just is.
The lessons do not end there though.
I thought it was kind of ironic that Glory the fish died so soon.
The beautiful story (though cheesy!) could have been, “After our miscarriage, we bought this little fish as a way of grieving our little child and for many years it swam around in a little bowl reminding us that small things do live and that God’s glory is ambiguous, but beautiful.”
But it didn’t end that way.
You know how the story of Glory the fish ended. His ending reminds me of something else.
His ending is a reminder that: Every story doesn’t have to have the beautiful successful ending for God to get glory.
Sometimes God does work life out so the wonderful perfect blessed news that leaves you spinning like a top and bouncing off the walls is how He receives His highest glory.
Sometimes it’s the long, hard way around; the battle ground where our hearts are hurt and our souls are shattered but our hands are still held high.
Sometimes it’s the unhappy circumstances and tragic events. Sometimes it’s the confusing conclusion to the story.
The way God receives glory can sometimes be a bit of a mystery. Every once in a while we are left wondering, “I gave You glory when it was right… why did it have to go wrong?”
But sometimes it does go wrong, and that is how God gets His highest glory.
So… if you ask me…
Yes… Glory the fish had a tragic ending… but somehow, it was the best ending.
“He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.” Ecclesiastes 3:11
P.S. – The story doesn’t end here…. read about Feral the fish
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