Nemo, a small clown fish, noticing a boat in the distance and not knowing what it was, asks his friends, “What’s that?” His friend Tad confidently says, “I know what that is. Sandy Plankton saw one. He called it… uh… he said it was called a “butt”. Another friend, in agreeance and awe says, “That’s a pretty big butt.” Sheldon, one of the other fish, decides to initiate a challenge, “Oh, look at me. I’m gonna touch the butt.”
Finding Nemo is a Disney movie, which can actually offer some pretty valuable life lessons. There was a fear of the “butt,” because they didn’t know what it was connected to. Nemo eventually goes out and touches the “butt” and is taken by a scuba diver and the point of the movie title begins. Do we not experience a similar fear? Do we not fear the “but” in our conversations and relationships with people?
We grew up hearing our parents use the word “but” to gently tell us no, or our friends to tell us they had other plans, or from someone to set up constructive criticism. It typically meant things weren’t going to work out as we thought they would or something needed to change. For example, “You did a great job, but __________________” or “That’s a cool idea, but ____________.”
We never want to hear what follows the “but.” We want to believe there isn’t an objection to what we have accomplished or asked. That we are completely fine where we are. We never want to hear of our mistakes or mishaps, or even rejection.
Isn’t it interesting that if you follow Jesus, you also live in the same fear with Him too? The way we perceive our relationships carry over into our relationship with Jesus. We begin to believe that one day He may say “You are good, but I see that sin you struggle with and can’t seem to overcome,” or “You have been following me so closely, but you’re still not good enough.”
The reality is that we will never be good enough or fully overcome our sin.
Doesn’t your perspective change when you hear what God has to offer after the “but,” instead of the fears we create in our minds?
The next time you fear what is after the “but”, replace it with “but God”.
This door closed in your life, “But God.”
I don’t feel good enough, “But God.”
This sin is overwhelming, “But God.”
We know that if we see Jesus, we will never be the same, so let God begin to permeate your life and change how you see the unexpected.