Don’t Judge a Fish-or Mammal-By Its Fins

bing photosBy Sandy Kirby Quandt

Have you ever made judgements based on what you think is true, only to find what you thought was so, isn’t?

When you think of hot surf spots does Surfside, or Galveston Beach, Texas come to mind? Probably not…unless you live on the Gulf Coast of Texas.

Pilot surfs. I don’t. Although Pilot has tried to teach me to surf, and teaches others the skill, I blame back issues and a lack of ability to stand up on the board for my not conquering the sport.

Several years back, Pilot and I had a lovely picnic dinner at Surfside beach the day before school began. I had a broken bone in my foot, which refused to heal, and was content to dangle from my boogie board while Pilot surfed.

While I dangled and twirled in the water, a school of silver bait fish jumped over my head. My first thought was Beautiful. In an instant, my second was Oh, no!

Pilot had just ridden a wave to shore. He turned, saw the fish, and had the same thought I did.

SHARK!bing photos

Being an intelligent person, I realized  none of the ripples which passed for waves that day would take me safely to shore. With my broken foot, I knew I’d never out swim a shark.

I resigned myself to having Pilot call in a substitute teacher for me while I  spent at least the first day of school in a hospital, recovering from a shark bite. It’d make a great story to tell my fifth graders, don’t you think?

As Pilot rushed to reach me, the shark got closer…

bing photosand turned into a dolphin.

Thank you, Jesus!

Like me mistaking a dolphin fin for a shark, have you ever looked at a situation, circumstance, or person, and made a judgement which upon closer inspection, turned out to be incorrect?

Maybe said something we shouldn’t have, based on what we thought were facts? Acted on errant truth and done more harm than good? Stayed away from a safe situation because we were suspicious?

We lacked discernment. The ability to see and understand people, things, or situations clearly and intelligently.

Are there situations or people we need to deal with differently? Probably. Words we need to leave unspoken? Most assuredly. Words of life we need to speak? Undoubtedly.

Are we mistaking dolphins for sharks?

What to do? I think one thing would be to ask God to give us discernment and wisdom to know the difference. He will, you know. Another thing is to keep pressing on…even when we still don’t get it.

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But if any of you lack wisdom, you should pray to God, who will give it to you; because God gives generously and graciously to all. James 1:5 (GNT)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Surfing For Christ

By Sandy Kirby Quandt

This past Monday, Pilot and I joined about 25 others bright and early at the beach as part of Surf With Him. A ministry that gives kids in crisis an opportunity to experience the joy of a day at the beach learning to surf. Three vans full of about 30 boys and girls arrived an hour early, but God is in control…the Ohana surf shop instructors were an hour early, too. They said they’d go ahead and start the surf lessons instead of waiting until 10 AM as previously planned. They didn’t cut the lessons short either, but kept on going until noon.

The water was waist high. The waves were knee high. Not exactly epic, but perfect for beginners.

Though thunder boomed onshore behind us, the sun continued to shine over us. When all the kids were given the go-head, and scrambled for the water, two girls hung back, kicking the sand and hugging their arms tightly around their bodies. Those were the ones I spent my day with.

One girl didn’t know how to swim. The other didn’t want to go into the water because it wasn’t clear blue. Can’t say I blame her.

While Pilot helped the newbie surfers, my two new friends and I spent time talking, walking out onto the pier just because it was there, and working on a sandcastle. Basically, we had no agenda. We just spent time together.

When the time came to leave, the three of us hugged. They asked if Pilot and I would be back next year. LORD willing, was my reply.

I’m not a surfer. That’s Pilot’s domain. But not being able to surf didn’t keep me from being able to share a small part of my life and what Jesus has done for me, with two girls who need to know Jesus loves them, too. He cares for them and hurts when they hurt. He wants good things for them.

We might look at what others are doing and think, I can’t do that. Maybe not, but each of us can do something. Search for your something. Don’t be afraid to use it to share Jesus with others.

Just as I didn’t let my inability to surf keep me from attending a designated surf day at the beach, don’t let what you can’t do keep you from doing what you can.

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But Jesus said, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who are like these children.” Matthew 19:14 (NLT)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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