Bury Your Past, part 2. "Can’t get to the other side."

There was an experiment done with the Great Northern Pike where the fish was placed into a tank with its favorite food, minnows. However, a glass divider was inserted into the tank between the Pike and the minnows. Every time the Pike went for the minnows, he bumped his nose into this glass divider.

Convinced that the minnows were forever beyond reach, he gave up. When the divider was finally removed, the Great Northern Pike never even ventured into the minnow’s territory.

Northern pike in public aquarium in Kotka, FinlandImage via Wikipedia

Sometimes, we are like that Pike. We’ve been convinced that we could never break free from the patterns of defeat and failure that have bound us. Our noses are out of joint, our heads are banged and our hearts are broken. Yet somehow, God gives us the reserve to press on for yet one more try. He gives us resolve and confidence.

Ephesians 2:1-4 talks about living a new life: “You were dead in your transgressions and sins in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy made us alive in Christ.”

What do you think about “the past”?  Comment here.

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3 Responses to Bury Your Past, part 2. "Can’t get to the other side."

  1. Anne L.B. says:

    Only in Christ can we attain or avoid the places that vex us.

  2. Learned helplessness is a rotten thing. How do we snap out of it, though? If it is really just a matter of spiritual disciplines like prayer and study… then why is it so hard to pursue those things?

  3. Wade R. says:

    The past is over and gone and that is where it needs to be. Dragging it, one more time into the present is a soul-killer. I cannot defeat this on my own, I must turn over to God my life. I have not been doing that great a job running it on my own, and that is the past.Wade R.

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