I don’t have one but I see them everywhere. The fish. It’s usually on the bumper of a vehicle. You see it and you know it refers to God , Jesus, Christianity. I knew the story of the fish and loaves, the feeding of the 5,000 and the fishermen called to be fishers of men, but I learned there is so much more to the story of how a fish on a bumper shows the world who you follow.
The other day I saw a fish with legs and in the body it said, “Darwin”.
I admit it put me off at first, but then I began to think about it and ask some questions.
- At what point did a fish grow legs?
- And if one fish grew legs, why didn’t all of them?
- Did more than one have to grow legs in order to mate and continue the cycle?
- If so, what are the chances that at least two fish of the opposite sex that could grow legs would be in close enough proximity to each other that they could mate and would mate?
- How many years does it take to morph into a completely different creature?
- If they can trace the finches of the Galapagos Islands back to a single bird, why is it crazy that all people came from a single man?
- If we came from apes, where did the apes come from?
- If survival of the fittest means the weaker species die off, why are there still apes if humans came from them? (I owe this question to a friend of mine.)
- If evolution is true, how many different species of humans are there really? There wouldn’t only be one, would there?
- If survival of the fittest is the way of the world, can we as humans really be created equally?
- Is it easier to believe that everything in this universe is chance, that there really is no meaning to any of it OR that a Creator God lovingly formed everything with intricate detail and care, thought and love?
As I consider the purpose of the fish, the meaning behind it and thought of the name of Darwin being stamped over the middle, I heard God asking me a few questions.
- What can Darwin do for you?
- Does he show you what it means to love?
- Does he teach you how to have compassion for others?
- Did he know your name before you were born?
- Can he heal, hold and carry you through the difficulties of life?
- Does he give you a purpose and meaning beyond yourself?
“Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.’ So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. And God blessed them. And God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.’” Genesis 1:26-28 (ESV)
Something to Consider…
When my husband and I were dating, we got on the subject of asking our parents questions. The conversation ending with me say, “My children are going to know they can ask me any question. I may not give them an answer. They may not like the answer I give them. But, they will always be able to come to me and ask.”
I believe God wants us to ask. If we are open to asking Him the question, we just might be open to receiving His answer.
Who do you look like: an intelligent ape, a distant relative or a loving and faithful Father in heaven? Do you walk like His Son, Jesus?
What questions do you have? Do you know your true identity? God would love to tell you who you are to Him.
“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” Psalm 139:13-14 (NIV)