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.
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.”