Entangled Whales

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Photo credit: Nestor Galina

Last week I was surprised on my drive to see a whale so close to the shore – it is early for whales in our area. Later I heard on the news that the Southern Right Whale I had seen was all tangled up in rope. Some brave rescuers went to its aid, cut it free and helped it out to the deep again. It seems that this rescue story has a happy ending.

It reminded me of those verses from Hebrews:

Hebrews 12: 1-2  Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. 2 Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Sometimes we get so entangled in our sin that it is hard to throw it off – we need the help of other people. Like this whale, without the help of someone else, we can die spiritually, entangled in our sin and drowning, unable to get the air we need to breathe.

We live in an area where whales are a common sight and unfortunately a few whales will beach themselves every year. No matter the effort of the rescuers they cannot be saved- they either just swim away and beach themselves somewhere else or they never even make it back to the water. It can be so frustrating for those people trying to help – it is as if the whales are fighting against the help.

I think we are often like that too – we keep going back to the danger spot and no matter the help and counsel of others we never head for the safety of the deep ocean again. Perhaps we have been worn out with our fight with sin, or we cannot imagine a life with freedom again.

We need to we watchful not to let sin entangle us so much that it kills us and that we cannot throw it off. I pray that I will swallow my pride and seek help when I need it, before it is too late, so that I can live in the freedom that is found in the depth of Christ’s love.

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