Have you ever watched the movie “Finding Nemo?” It is a movie about a father and son who become separated because of a moment of rebellion by the son. The entire movie we watch the father struggle to find his son and bring him home. Sound familiar?
Much like Nemo, don’t we have moments of rebellion that take us away from our Father? Unknowingly, Nemo, thinking his dad was overprotective and intentionally making his life miserable, ventures too far from home, gets caught (Nemo is a fish!) and ends up miles away from home. He is frightened and lonely, held captive in a fish tank (rather than the ocean), and facing a terrifying life as a pet for an irresponsible little girl. Fortunately, Nemo makes friends with the other captives in the tank and they set out to help him get free.
Don’t our lives at times parallel Nemo’s? We “rebel” against God by not praying, not studying the Bible, not attending church, etc. We don’t include Him in our daily lives, our relationship turns distant, and we feel miles away from Him. We end up held captive by anxiety and fear, doubts and discouragement, anger and depression. We may even be trapped in situations we think we may never be able to break free of: an addiction (drugs, alcohol, porn, etc.), a bad relationship, facing financial disaster, etc.
Although Nemo’s rebellion caused pain, heartache, and difficulty, Nemo’s father, Marlin, never stopped searching for him. He did everything he could to find Nemo and bring him home safely. Why? Because Nemo was his son and he loved him.
Just as Marlin never stopped loving Nemo regardless of his rebellion, God never stops loving us when we make mistakes. When we feel separated from Him it is not because He went anywhere, it is because we moved away from him in our thoughts and actions.
35 Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death?… 37 No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. Romans 8:35 & 37
God gave us a way to never be lost or separated from Him by sending His son to die on the cross for our sins. By accepting Jesus as our personal Lord and Savior and confessing and repenting of our sins, we receive His mercy, forgiveness and grace. We are confident of an eternal home.
9 God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. 1 John 4:9 (NLT)
16 “For this is how God loved the world: He gave[a] his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16 (NLT)
9 But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. I John 1:9 (NLT)
If you haven’t accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, my prayer is that you will do so. God’s plan from the beginning was to save us through His Son, Jesus Christ. Jesus was born, crucified and died for our sins, and rose again on the third day showing us that as God’s children we will spend eternity with Him. What a sacrifice! What a love! Let God find you and welcome you home with open arms.