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Starving at the Buffet

I once read about an experiment in which researchers placed a large fish in an aquarium filled with an ample supply of mouth watering minnows. The big fish basically enjoyed what we would call an “all you can eat buffet.”

After a while, the researchers inserted a clear glass partition into the tank. Now the big fish could only enjoy half the aquarium and half the minnows. After eating the last minnow on his side of the tank, the big fish made an attempt to eat the minnows on the other side of the glass. You can imagine what happened. After banging his body repeatedly into the glass partition with no reward to show for his efforts, the fish gave up. He stopped trying.

What happened next was amazing. The researchers removed the glass partition, allowing the minnows to swim freely around the big fish. To their surprise, the fish never attempted to eat the minnows. He smelled them, bumped into them, watched them swim all around him, but he would not eat them! Perhaps the fish developed a belief that the minnows were unreachable. For whatever the reason, the big fish actually starved to death in the midst of an aquarium filled with minnows!

Can you relate? Sometimes we develop stinking thinking, especially after we encounter obstacles or when we experience failures or setbacks. We go negative in our mental disposition. We become despondent and discouraged. We feel like nothing we do really matters. We just quit on our dreams!

But if we fight the good fight of faith, choosing to live in the Kingdom of God, where right thinking, right relationships, peace and joy (Romans 14:17) fill the fish tank, we’ll soon discover that we are surrounded by minnows! It takes faith, a yielded, fully confident, loving affection for our heavenly Father, to see the opportunities God is bringing our way. Unbelief will keep you from possessing what the Lord has promised. Don’t starve to death when the Lord is preparing a banquet feast in the presence of our enemies (Psalm 23:5). Live in faith. Look for answers and opportunities. Expect God’s provision.  Remember, it’s your Father’s good pleasure to give you the Kingdom! (Luke 12:32)

  1. andrew meng
    August 27th, 2010 at 12:12 | #1

    Thanks for the reminder that mindsets and ideas are as real and powerful as any physical obstacle. What a vivid illustration! I wondering how many of us are spiritually, emotionally, and physically starving because of the wounds and disappointments of the past…

  2. August 27th, 2010 at 14:26 | #2

    Great word! I am always encouraged by your blogs. Keep them coming!

    I have come to realize that in every season, no matter if your circumstances look positive or negative in the natural…if your heart is determined to do the will of the Father…then every step is a stepping stone…training ground…toward your dreams beings realized. And not to jump ship when things get tough, but to embrace the pain…call down Heaven to help make sense out of the pain, to reveal truth, and to comfort you through the pain.

    He is a good God!

  3. August 29th, 2010 at 17:00 | #3

    i was very encouraged by this! thank you for writing!!!

  4. oneofeight
    August 31st, 2010 at 20:29 | #4

    Wow! This is a startling yet amazing fact! I love how the Lord gives us simple, everyday analogies to get our hearts and minds back into alignment with his word! This is a great post!

  5. Olga Ponce de Leon
    September 7th, 2010 at 14:03 | #5

    Very good, thought-provoking words. Thanks!

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