Speaking Whale

1 07 2007

 So you all have seen the movie Finding Nemo, right? If you haven’t, stop reading this right now and go watch it. Come back to me when you are done. For the rest of you…. keep reading.

 You know the part where Dori and Marlin are lost in the murk and they spot a whale? Dori gets totally excited and says “I speak whale!” She then proceeds to ‘speak whale’ trying to get some help and ask for directions. “HhhhheeellllOOOOOOO. Ccccaaaaannnnnnnn yyyyoooooooUUUUU hhhhhhheeeeeelllllllppppppp uuuuuusss?” Marlin is convinced she has gone off her rocker, “You can’t speak whale!!!” Meanwhile the whale keeps on placidly swimming. Just when Dori and Marlin are about to give up (not that Marlin was really that into the plan to begin with) the whale opens it’s mouth and inhales both fish. The funny thing is that the whale does not actually swallow them. They are held in it’s mouth for a time, during which there continues to be much freaking out, before the whale spits them out just where they needed to be.

 Now honestly, doesn’t talking to God feel like this most of the time? We get all excited because we know how to talk to Him. We ask questions and tell Him our plans. Meanwhile our friends stand over our shoulders telling us that we are going about the thing all wrong.  After all, we ‘don’t speak whale’. Then, when God is quiet their words smack of truth. If we really been speaking whale God would have heard and answered us. What did we do wrong?

Then all of a sudden we are thrust into dark places where there is little light and lots of teeth. (Or baleen, whatever). This can’t be what God meant for us! Then comes the self-doubt and the freaking out. We throw ourselves against the walls, blaming ourselves and each other for the predicament. The focus becomes our apparently imminent doom and we get tunnel vision.

But then something cool happens. The whale spits us out. We are back in the light and right where we were meant to be. So after all of that, the questions asked of God, the dark places and our own insecurities, we still end up just where He wanted us from the beginning.

Makes the stress and heartache seem a little pointless, doesn’t it?

But again, let’s stress the fact that it all starts with speaking whale. We have to ASK. Sometimes the answer won’t come the way we want, but it won’t come at all if we don’t seek it.

So, my friends, let us Speak Whale. Maybe some of our skeptical friends will get inhaled along with us and end up where they needed to be too.




2 responses

1 07 2007
Father Smith

My Lovely Daughter,

IIIIIIIIIIIIIII LLLLLLLLLLLooooooooovvvvvvvvvveeeeeeeeeedddddddd yyyyyyyyyyyooooooooooooouuuuuuuuuuuuurrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr ccccccccccooooooooommmmmmmmmmeeeeeeeeeeeeennnnnnnnnnnttttttttttttttttttttttttssssssssssssssss.

Daddy O

2 07 2007
Jennifer James

You make an absurdly excellent point. I was just thinking along these lines this weekend!
I am thinking you rock.
I am usually right.
(Especially this time…)

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