Zephaniah 3:17 reminds us that God is musical and He rejoices and sings over you. - -
The LORD your God in the midst of you is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over you with joy; he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Tropical Fish Habits - Repost
When our Children were just starting grade school, we
decided to purchase a tropical fish aquarium. It came with a pump and filter
and some decorations so the environment for the fish would look natural.
Wanting a nice variety of fish we selected some Angel Fish,
Zebra fish, some Black Molly fish and a Plecostomus. Ugly as he was, he would
help clean the sides of our tank.
Our children would stare at these fish for hours it seemed,
and just watching them was relaxing even for me.
As I watched these fish I noticed something interesting.
Each variety of fish would swim together. Although they were friendly to one
another, the Black Molly fish and the Angel fish, and the Zebra fish each kept
to their own type. There was no interbreeding or mixing of the fish. They each
seemed to be proud of their own kind.
In the Bible, God forbid his children of Israel to give
their sons and daughters unto other nations. They were to keep their race pure.
That was plan A.
Now don’t get me wrong, because God loves all races, and
that was evident when He included Ruth the Moabite woman to be in the linage of
Jesus along with some others of questionable reputation. In fact God became
very angry at Miriam when she criticized Moses, her brother’s Ethiopian (black)
God always has plan A which is his perfect will. Then there
is plan B which is his acceptable will, and plan C which is his good will. God
will even go with you all the way to Z if you are that rebellious.
I said all that to say this: Our youth leaders at our
church, invited a young girl from a neighboring Black church to work with our
youth. She was Caucasian, fun loving, very outgoing and the youth all liked
One day she confessed to our daughter that she was pregnant
by one of the black brothers in her church and they were going to get married.
My daughter came to me very upset, because this girl was an example to our
children and they all looked up to her.
By the next Sunday the girl had resigned and returned to her
If you are wondering, yes I phoned our Pastor and told him
the situation and he took charge after that.
Did my children need protecting? Probably not, because often
our children know more about life than we did at their age.
However it is up to parents to attend the PTA meetings and
to know what is going on at school, and also to be aware of what is being
taught to your children at church.
I am not pregidous, but I am opinionated, and it is my
strong opinion that a marriage will be off to a rocky start if it is a “mixed
When I say mixed, in addition to race, I mean by a Christian
and an unbeliever, by culture, church denomination, political affiliation and
background in general. Marriage is difficult enough without a road block in
I know you are ready to point out some of your friends who
are very happy and never quarrel over doctrine, or are never shunned by friends
because of their choice in a mate.
Be happy for them and also pray for them, because they
probably need your prayers.
Thinking back to my fish aquarium, I am reminded that my
fish were friendly with everyone in their environment. They played nice and got
along well with others.