There once was a fish named Mee
Who lived in the Galilee Sea.
With water all around
‘Twas the best place to be found.
All was just as he hoped it to be.
But one day he saw something uncanny
It looked like a shiny little penny
It glistened right there on the seafloor so bare
So inviting for a gastric journey.
So, ignoring the warnings he’d always been told
Like how not all that glitters is supposedly gold
He opened his mouth and, with one big gulp
He swallowed the penny.
That’s what ruined his world.
For from that moment, his troubles got a head start
His stomach hurt so bad, he wished he could just fart
But the penny weighed heavy and couldn’t be purged
No matter how hard he tried, it just wouldn’t budge.
He was stuck in position
With a bad case of indigestion
‘Cause he’d messed up big time. He deserved his lot.
But in a moment’s realisation
He saw there was salvation.
So he looked up and prayed, “Lord, save my halibut.
“I know that I’ve been a total fool.
And though I’m stuck in water, this is just uncool.
I’m sorry I messed up. Please help me for real.
I know you can help me. I trust that you will.”
It wasn’t immediate. But Mee didn’t fear.
For though it took a while, help did appear
In the form of a hand that broke through the water
And grabbed Mee in a fist.
“Oh crap,” he did mutter.
But the hand squeezed Mee and, voila, it was over.
The coin popped out of his mouth. He cried, “Praise Jehovah!”
The hand’s human muttered, “It’s just like Jesus said.
I’m broke, but this coin’ll pay our taxes instead!”
So while Mee was glad to be out of his mess
It amazed him that Jesus could use it to bless.
So he mused, “If God could take
The messes I make
And turn them into something great for His Name’s sake
Then I can trust Him to help me
And, in all my ways, lead me
And make me to be all He wants me to be.
Every step ordered to follow His own
Every day, knowing I’m never alone.
Every way, making the right decisions.
Guided by His hand.
That’s all my submission.”
I don’t know what else happened to the fish called Mee.
Haven’t seen him in a while. I’m just the Narrator.
But now, I figure he’s living a bit differently.
He’s learned a lot. And will learn a lot more.
This story was inspired by the account in Matthew 17:24-27. Jesus and his disciples entered a town and were told to pay the temple tax, so He sent Peter to the sea and said, “Take the first fish that comes up and, when you open its mouth you will find there a shekel. Take it and give it to them to pay the temple tax for Me and for yourself.” (verse 27)
Some reaches were made here for comedic and rhythmic purposes, so some artistic license was stretched. For example, halibuts are not native to the Sea of Galilee, and we don’t know for certain that Peter was broke, and most importantly, we don’t know how that shekel got to be in that fish’s mouth in the first place. For all we know, it could have been carrying that coin in its belly since it was a wee little baby fish-thingie!
But the point here is that, when we trust God with our lives, He can make something beautiful out of each and every one of us. Of course, His intention is not for us to make mistakes, as some mistakes can totally change the course our lives. But if we trust Him with our lives, He can make it so that it would look like part of a grand plan for something better when we look back on how He’s led us and guided us in and through it all. A loss may look like a set up for another opportunity. A break up may set one up for a new perspective and/or a new relationship. A delay may set one up to find something missing before.
For some of us, it may not be all that dramatic. All the good that may come out of that mess could just be so that your story would be an encouragement to another person going through what you went through, as they see God’s faithfulness even through the adversity in your story. 2 Corinthians 1:4 says, “[God] comforts us in every trouble, so that we can share the same comfort with others in trouble.” (Contemporary English Version) It could be the coin the person needs to be lifted on the inside. That, in itself, is worth it.
This is God reaching into our darkness with His Light, like Peter’s hand breaking into the water to reach that fish. God led the way in sending Jesus to die and rise for us. Through the ages, through our lives, the effects of the Gospel story will continue to reach into our stories, directing our courses to His worthy destination. Himself.
However He does it, God is at work in each of our stories, working it all out for His glory, to show His love and mercy and grace and AWESOMENESS!
He is out for you too.
Your story is not over.